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Solar Power Helped Keep the Lights On in India

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Every day, at least 400 million Indians lack access to electricity. Another nearly 700 million Indians joined their fellows in energy poverty over the course of the last few days, or roughly 10 percent of the world’s population. Oddly enough, some of the formerly energy poor—rural villagers throughout the subcontinent—found themselves better off than their [...]

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More Dangerous Than Nuclear Power: The Floods Caused by Aging Dams [Video]

As the U.S. and China endure record-breaking floods this spring, there is a risk that is being overlooked amidst the inundated towns, evacuations and rising waters. Dams in the U.S. boast an average age of 50 years, and the American Society of Civil Engineers continues to give the nation’s dams a D grade overall in [...]

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Photo Friday: Great dams trap and tame the water (1927)

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“Great dams trap and tame the water, hoarding its energy until needed. Grandes diques atrapan y amansan el agua, acaparando su energía hasta que el hombre la necesite.“ This photograph is a part of the online photography exhibit “Form and Landscape,” a collaborative project from William Deverell and Greg Hise. In this exhibit, Deverell and [...]

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Photo Friday: The sounding stone on the Parana River

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The Itaipú Dam is a hydroelectric power generation facility on the border between Brazil and Paraguay, on the Parana River. The name means “the sounding stone” in Guarani, an indigenous language in South America and one of the official languages in Paraguay. Photo Credit: Photo of Itaipú Hydroelectric dam (April 25, 2008) by kevin.j. Found via [...]

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Summertime and the Dams Come Down

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Summer is called dam removal season by those who cherish the notion of dams being demolished. The hotter, dryer weather limits a river’s flow and seasonal fish migrations  pause, providing the necessary conditions for demolishing the commonly aging infrastructure once erected to provide irrigation, water storage, hydropower and/or flood control. The summer of 2013 is [...]

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