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Tag: Dams

A Backup Plan Could Use Dams to Preserve Water Lost by Melting of Glaciers

Summer water shortages caused by the reduction of glacier ice mass could be alleviated by dams constructed to contain springtime runoff from melting snow.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE


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How the Water Crisis in the West Renewed the Debate About the Effectiveness of Major Dams

In the midst of drought after drought, some are pushing for the enormous Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River to be decommissioned.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE

More Droughts May Mean Less Electrical Power

Rising temperatures and reduced rainfall will make the flow of rivers less dependable, affecting supplies to the electricity generators that rely on them.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE

Renewable Energy Redoubles Its Global Reach

As the world economy and energy use both grew in 2014, renewables continued their rapid rise—but carbon emissions did not.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE

Heat and Drought Pose Threat to U.S. Power Supplies

Global warming will leave people in the Western states of the U.S. exposed to increasingly extreme temperatures that could seriously affect electricity generation.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE

Flood Risk to Nuclear Sites Raises Meltdown Fears

Sea level rise, storm surges and bursting dams all pose an increasing danger to nuclear power stations as the climate changes.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

India’s Dam Building Bonanza

India is in the middle of a massive hydroelectric dam building program, necessary, its leaders say, to fuel the energy needs of its fast growing economy.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE

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Both Salmon and Hydropower Can Thrive

Scientists have produced a handbook that shows how better river management can mean more breeding success for migratory fish and more electricity from a vital source of renewable energy.

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 READ MORE

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Let’s Get Ready to Crumble

The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded America’s roadways a grade of D-, rated one in four bridges as “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete” and warned that thousands of American dams are on the verge of failure.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 READ MORE

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