Carbon Offsets Misused by Hydropower Industry

Yan, Katy
June 2012
World Rivers Review;Jun2012, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p13
The article focuses on the misused of carbon offsets by hydropower industry in Brazil. It says that the increase in projects applying for carbon credits has resulted to a higher percentage of dam projects issues under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). It mentions issues raised by Brazillian civil society on the effect of megadam projects including the projects are not carbon neutral, the dams are setback for environmental sustainability, and it violates country's legislation.


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