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Title: Greenhouse gas emissions from Brazil's Amazonian hydroelectric dams
Authors: Fearnside, Philip Martin
Keywords: Climate Change
Fossil Fuels
Free Energy
Fuel Storage
Gas Emissions
Global Warming
Greenhouse Gases
Petroleum Reservoirs
Reservoirs (water)
Solar Energy
Brazilian Amazonia
Electricity Generation
Hydroelectric Dams
Policy Decisions
Tropical Forest
Wind And Solar Power
Hydroelectric Power Plants
Climate Change
Dam Construction
Electricity Generation
Emission Inventory
Energy Conservation
Fossil Fuel
Global Warming
Greenhouse Gas
Hydroelectric Power Plant
Solar Power
Tropical Forest
Wind Power
Issue Date: 2016
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Environmental Research Letters
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 11, Número 1
Abstract: Tropical dams are often falsely portrayed as 'clean' emissions-free energy sources. The letter by de Faria et al (2015 Environ. Res. Lett. 10 124019) adds to evidence questioning this myth. Calculations are made for 18 dams that are planned or under construction in Brazilian Amazonia and show that emissions from storage hydroelectric dams would exceed those from electricity generation based on fossil fuels. Fossil fuels need not be the alternative, because Brazil has vast potential for wind and solar power as well as opportunities for energy conservation. Because dam-building is rapidly shifting to humid tropical areas, where emissions are higher than in other climatic zones, the impact of these emissions needs to be given proper weight in energy-policy decisions. © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/1/011002
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