Brazil gives go-ahead to Amazon dams

Brazil has given a "preliminary green light" for the construction of two hydro-electric dams on the longest tributary of the Amazon River, which have been criticised as a potential environmental disaster.

The massive project on the Madeira River is intended to prevent possible energy shortages.

But the International Herald Tribune reported Amazon experts as warning that by flooding hundreds of square kilometres of one of the
Amazon’s most pristine areas, the dams will destroy swaths of the rain forest and its wildlife.

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