Hydropower is supposed to be "clean," as it doesn't rely on the burning of fossil fuels. But this form of renewable energy is controversial for several reasons.
From displacing human settlements to inundating biodiverse landscapes, the construction of dams and hydropower facilities presents numerous environmental and social problems. Yet hydropower is a source of renewable energy - and if done with proper planning, can truly be green.
The Mekong River flows 5,000 kilometers from China to Vietnam. China's construction of a number of large hydropower dams to feed the country's energy needs is causing problems downriver, and having dire impacts on the fertile soil that feeds hundreds of millions of people.
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This week we have stories of activists. In one case, fighting against hydropower, despite the fact that it has helped Montenegro reduce its dependence on coal. We hear how environmental activists in certain parts of the world often face much more perilous consequences for their work. We'll also look at threats faced by journalists covering the environment.
This region in Southeast Europe is home to the vast majority of the continent’s remaining wild rivers. But they have been under threat from plans to develop renewable energy infrastructure in the form of hydropower. How can Montenegro balance its need for clean energy and protect nature?
Mini hydropower plants are springing up all over the small Balkan state of Montenegro. The government says it's part of a renewables drive but activists and locals argue the plants are destroying their "lifeline."
Climate change is causing glaciers to melt at much faster rates than in the past. That could mean trouble for Switzerland, which has more glaciers than any other European country and gets more than half of its power from hydroelectric dams.