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Study shows how climate change will affect hydropower in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The researchers involved in the report reviewed some 350 hydropower projects proposed for the Amazon basin. However, in order to implement them, hydrological capacity must exist.

The study indicates that by mid-century, the region will undergo changes that will decrease its capacity to generate hydroelectric power.

Ecologist Stephen Hamilton, of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and co-author of the report, explains that hydroelectric projects for the Amazon basin are based on historical river levels. "Climate change is disrupting these patterns, which means that existing and proposed projects are unlikely to be as effective . . .

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