World's dams to lose a quarter of storage capacity by 2050: UN research

World’s dams to lose a quarter of storage capacity by 2050: UN research

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He said, “I would argue that the question we should be asking now is what are the alternatives to dams – including generating electricity – given that they are being phased out.”

China continues to dam major rivers with hydropower to cut fossil fuel use and control greenhouse gas emissions, but projects such as the Three Gorges – the world’s largest hydroelectric facility – have been socially and environmentally disruptive.

Dams built by China on the Mekong River last year have disrupted the flow of sediment to downstream countries, changing the landscape and threatening the livelihoods of millions of farmers, according to Reuters research last year.

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