Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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The Dam Debate and its Discontents

Journal Article

Danny Cullenward
David G. Victor

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Climatic Change, Vol. 75 no. 1-2, page(s) 81-86
March 2006

For over ten years, two research groups in Brazil have been publishing conflicting reports on the status of emissions from hydroelectic power plants. While both agree that dams do produce greenhouse gases, the two teams dispute one another's methods and the magnitude of results. Because emissions from dams are significantly more complicated than emissions from thermal power plants, the issue has become so specialized as to be ignored by many policy planners.