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Silenced Rivers The Ecology and Politics of Large Dams

ISBN-10: 1856499022
ISBN-13: 9781856499026
Edition: 2nd 2001
Authors: Patrick McCully
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Zed Books, Limited
Publication date: 12/7/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

This definitive study of one of the most controversial environmental and development issues explains the history and politics of dam building worldwide and shows why large dams have become such a contentious issue.

Acknowledgements
Glossary
Introduction to the Updated Edition: A New Order for Rivers and Society: The World Commission on Dams, and Beyond
The Prehistory of the World Commission on Dams
Conspiracies and Consultations
Findings
Dirty Reservoirs: Greenhouse Gas Emitting Dams
A Changing Climate for Dams
The Century of the Small: Alternatives to Dams
Bringing the Harvest Home
We've Got the Power
Recommendations
Reactions
Changing the World, Dam by Dam
The Rise of the Dam Decommissioning Movement
The Power and the Water
A Short History of Rivers
Dams: What They Are and What They Do
A Short History of Damming
The End of the Big Dam Era?
Rivers No More: The Environmental Effects of Dams
Flooding for Posterity
Dams and Geology: Morphological Effects
Dirty Dams: Effects on Water Quality
They Shall Not Pass: Dams and Migratory Fish
Foil'd Wanderers: Hydrological Effects
The Mitigation Game
The EIA Industry
Temples of Doom: The Human Consequences of Dams
Dammed Lies and Statistics
The Final Blow: Dams and Indigenous People
Waiting for the Dam
After the Deluge
The Failure of Resettlement Policies
Dams and Disease
When Things Fall Apart: The Technical Failures of Large Dams
Not on Solid Ground: Dams and Geology
Political Hydrology
Mud against Dams: Sedimentation
Reservoir-Induced Seismicity: Dams that Cause the Earth to Move
Iron Dams and Corpses: Dam Safety
Getting Old: Dam Ageing and Decommissioning
Empty Promises: The Elusive Benefits of Large Dams
Generating Risk and Debt: Hydropower
Dams to the Rescue? Hydro and Global Warming
The Great Illusion: Flood Control
Too Much to Drink: Dams and Public Water Supply
Blocking the Passage: Dams and River Transport
The One that Got Away: Reservoir Fisheries
All the Fun of the Reservoir: Dams and Recreation
Paradise Lost: Dams and Irrigation
Killing the Land: Irrigation and Soil Degradation
The Social Effects of Large-Scale Irrigation
The Technical and Economic Failure of Large-Scale Irrigation
The Wise Use of Watersheds
Managing the Land to Manage the Water
Flood Management
Farming Drylands without Large Dams
Going Underground
Traditional Diversions
Modern Irrigation: Back to the Future
Fix the Pipe, Spare the River
Energy: Revolution or Catastrophe?
The Renewables Are Coming
Bringing Hydro Down to Size
Storming the Palace Gates
Industry Applies, Man Conforms: The Political Economy of Damming
The Ideology of Dams
Dams and Domination
Dams and Pork
Technocrats without a Cause: Dam-Building Bureaucracies
A Vibrant Corps? Dam-Building Companies
The Ties that Bind: Dependent Industries
Those Who Pay the Piper: Dams and 'Aid'
Incomprehension and Intimidation: The Dam Builders' Reply
Nemesis: The Economics of Large Dams
We Will Not Move: The International Anti-Dam Movement
Aesthetics and Taxes: Dam Fights in the US
Arrests and Restoration in the Tasmanian Wilderness
Eastern Europe: Fight the Dams, Fight the System
Warriors and Workers Fight Back: Brazil
Struggle Over the River Kwai: Thailand
Clinging to the Land: Resistance to Dams in India
Dam Fighting on a Global Scale
Afterword: From the Dam to the Watershed
The San Francisco and Watershed Management Declarations
Manibeli Declaration
Dams Involving Forced Resettlement
Declaration of Curitiba
Contact Addresses
Index

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