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Posted Tue Feb 2 2010: from BBC:
Brazil grants environmental licence for Belo Monte dam
Brazil's government has granted an environmental licence for the construction of a controversial hydro-electric dam in the Amazon rainforest. Environmental groups say the Belo Monte dam will cause devastation in a large area of the rainforest and threaten the survival of indigenous groups. However, the government says whoever is awarded the project will have to pay $800m to protect the environment... However, critics say diverting the flow of the Xingu river will still lead to devastation in a large area of the rainforest and damage fish stocks. They say the lives of up to 40,000 people could be affected as 500 sq km of land would be flooded.
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'Doc Jim says:
Shouldn't the river itself have something to say about this?
How would YOU like to be diverted?

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