100% Hydropower .....Awesome
Posted 08 November 2011 - 12:50 AM
Like "Green" gold!
Posted 08 November 2011 - 01:43 PM
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Posted 11 November 2011 - 02:58 PM
Thanks for sharing the article.
Posted 15 November 2011 - 04:58 AM
"Government adviser Dasho Paljor J. Dorji worries too many dams may harm the creatures that live in the water.
"It's a shame that so much of our rivers are being tapped. The aim is good. [But] it happens so quickly. I thought that, perhaps, we might be able to leave some of our rivers, still pristine with its natural beauty instead of damming them all," Dorji said."
I agree with him. Dams can be devastating to the ecology of an area.
Granted, hydro is cleaner than oil or coal; but utilizing it? At what cost?
Posted 15 November 2011 - 08:20 AM
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Posted 22 November 2011 - 03:40 AM
Very nice, great news to hear.
Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:14 PM
Posted 23 November 2011 - 01:52 PM
In my region, people used to survive on fish. In less than 10 years and the use of dams, the fish stopped running. The native population can't catch any fish anymore. When they go to the store, the food prices are so high they can't afford it. Either way, it gets you, in the end. Now I am all for hydropower, but I do agree with you,most of the dams affect animals and the people. Not to mention, if there is no fish, not only people will be affected, but also bears, eagles, and natural predators that live off fish.
Posted 23 November 2011 - 02:11 PM
Posted 23 November 2011 - 02:22 PM
Yes that's the thing. We live in an interconnected web of life. Humans know that when one animal goes extinct, the rest can get ruined as well, that's why they put too much effort in protecting animals that are in danger of extinction. I am sure many wonder why some scientists care so much about some little insect that's going to die off, forever. Well, that insect dies, the fish and birds that feed on it die too, then the cougar, wolves, etc are affected, they have to switch foods. When these predator switch foods, farmers go crazy and decide it is time to shoot the ones that are eating their hens, cows, sheep and the like. It is all a circle we live in. It all gets to you, eventually, but of course, we are oblivious to it until it happens. It is sad what money can do.
Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:43 AM
Never thought about the environmental damage to animals before, good point.
Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:21 AM
about this river as though it has not run dry.
If only because the water continues to irrigate 2,000,000 acres of agriculture, run 336 miles into Phoenix and Tucson,
224 miles to Los Angeles, or under the Rockies toward Denver through no less than 12 tunnels.
U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Stephen Chu, described the crisis in the West- "That will match the rising of oceans
on the coasts."
In the Grand Canyon, researchers showed how Glen Canyon Dam’s trapping of sediment and chilling of the river
have vastly altered the ecosystem throughout our most scenic national park. Four native fish there are endangered.
Lake Mead, has sunken to an alarming low tide.
So low, in fact, that the Southern Nevada Water Authority is drilling a pipeline under the lake so that it can
continue to take its share until the river-fed reservoir runs dry.
Fifty miles from the sea, 1.5 miles south of the Mexican border, the river evaporates into a scum of phosphates and
discarded water bottles.
And a delta once renowned for its wildlife and wetlands is now all but part of the surrounding and parched Sonoran Desert. According to Mexican scientists whom I met with, the river has not flowed to the sea since 1998.
Colorado River is running dry from its headwaters to the sea.
It is polluted and compromised by industry and agriculture.
It is overallocated, drought stricken, and soon to suffer greatly from population growth."
Not all citizens agree with dam projects. *from 2009
Some good news?
They're blowing up some dams.
More pix here:
Posted 02 December 2011 - 11:19 PM
Not just Bhutan but in almost all north & north eastern states of India like Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim etc, there are projects for generation of thousands of mega watts of power that have been awarded to private companies. No doubt the project clearances have stringent norms that require commitments from promoters regarding conservation, it is not very transparent how good the enforcement is. Awareness among people affected has grown significantly at least. The only concern remains whether that is harnessed for real good of the community.
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:13 AM
Did strike me as odd that 60% of their GDP comes from hydro power - it's great that they've created an economy where there wasn't one before, but I can't help but to worry that you can have too much of what seems like a good thing.
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