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Title: Damming the rivers of the Amazon basin
Authors: Latrubesse, Edgardo Manuel
Arima, Eugenio Yatsuda
Dunne, Thomas
Park, Edward
Baker, Victor R.
D'Horta, Fernando Mendonça
Wight, Charles
Wittmann, Florian Karl
Zuanon, Jansen
Baker, Paul A.
Ribas, Camila Cherem
Norgaard, Richard B.
Filizola, Naziano Pantoja
Ansar, Atif
Flyvbjerg, Bent
Stevaux, José Cândido
Keywords: Biotic Factor
Dam Construction
Environmental Degradation
Index Method
River Basin
Environmental Aspects And Related Phenomena
Particle Resuspension
Priority Journal
River Basin
Decision Making
Electric Power Plant
Environmental Protection
International Cooperation
Water Flow
Amazon Basin
Conservation Of Natural Resources
Decision Making
Geologic Sediments
International Cooperation
Power Plants
Water Movements
Issue Date: 2017
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Nature
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 546, Número 7658, Pags. 363-369
Abstract: More than a hundred hydropower dams have already been built in the Amazon basin and numerous proposals for further dam constructions are under consideration. The accumulated negative environmental effects of existing dams and proposed dams, if constructed, will trigger massive hydrophysical and biotic disturbances that will affect the Amazon basin's floodplains, estuary and sediment plume. We introduce a Dam Environmental Vulnerability Index to quantify the current and potential impacts of dams in the basin. The scale of foreseeable environmental degradation indicates the need for collective action among nations and states to avoid cumulative, far-reaching impacts. We suggest institutional innovations to assess and avoid the likely impoverishment of Amazon rivers. © 2017 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1038/nature22333
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