Belo Monte Impacts

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  • Impacts of Belo Monte
    • Political
      • Over half a million people, most of them Brazilians, are calling on newly-elected President Dilma to halt plans to construct the Belo Monte Dam
    • Economical
      • Low water would make it world’s most inefficient dam
      • Attract 100,000 migrants as they look for work
      • Produce only 10% of capacity during 3-5 month dry season
      • Amazon basin recently experienced two 100-year droughts within 5 years
      • Global climate models find rainfall expected to decrease flows by 60-70%
      • Predicted cost – over $16billion
    • Demographic
    • Social
      • Force 20,000 from their homes
      • Displace indigenous people from 18 ethnic groups
    • Environmental
      • 1/3 worlds species
      • 1/3 worlds tropical woods
      • 20% earths fresh water
      • 2500 tree species
      • 80% of the Xingu would be diverted
      • Lost agriculture
      • Extinction of several species
      • Destroy biodiversity
      • Flooded rainforest will release methane

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