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China and India ‘Water Grab’ Dams Put Ecology of Himalayas in Danger

10 Aug

The Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project in Arunachal Pradesh, India.by John Vidal / The Guardian

The future of the world’s most famous mountain range could be endangered by a vast dam-building project, as a risky regional race for water resources takes place in Asia.

New academic research shows that India, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan are engaged in a huge “water grab” in the Himalayas, as they seek new sources of electricity to power their economies. Taken together, the countries have plans for more than 400 hydro dams which, if built, could together provide more than 160,000MW of electricity – three times more than the UK uses.

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