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Hydropower's challenges and opportunities amid climate change

Hydropower's challenges and opportunities amid climate change

Hydropower faces increased vulnerability due to climate change as droughts and high temperatures affect water levels in Colombia and Ecuador, impacting energy production.

Holly Young reports for DW.

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Watch: Should we tear down dams, or use hydropower to fight climate change?

Hydropower from dams is the primary source of clean energy in Idaho, whose major power company has pledged 100% clean energy by 2045. But when dams threaten natural rivers and fish, can hydropower really count as clean?

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As projects decline, the era of building big dams draws to a close

Escalating construction costs, the rise of solar and wind power, and mounting public opposition have led to a precipitous decrease in massive new hydropower projects. Experts say the world has hit “peak dams,” which conservationists hail as good news for riverine ecosystems.
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Hydro project on Susquehanna River draws controversy

A proposal to support renewable energy would flood 580 acres.

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Pennsylvania ranks near bottom of states in renewable energy generation

Data from the federal Energy Information Administration shows Pennsylvania comes in 45th in the country in energy production from wind, solar, and hydropower. Only 3% of total energy comes from those sources in the state.

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‘A time bomb’: India’s sinking holy town faces grim future

Inside a shrine overlooking snow-capped mountains, Hindu priests closed their eyes and chanted in Sanskrit, hoping their prayers would somehow turn back time and save their holy — and sinking — town.

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Mark Z Jacobson: We don’t need ‘miracle’ technologies to fix the climate. We have the tools now

Wind, water and solar energy is cheap, effective and green. We don’t need experimental or risky energy sources to save our planet.