Infographic: When Dams Pollute

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Dams can be major generators of greenhouse gases, but many people are unaware just how much global warming impact they can have. For the uninitiated, the concept may seem far-fetched. Surely dams can't be bigger generators of greenhouse gases than…a coal burning power plant?!

Check out the following infographic to learn how dams cause the planet to get hotter.

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What do you think?

  • Before reading this, did you know that some dams could generate more greenhouse gas than a comparably sized coal plant?
  • What other types of environmental and social impacts do large dams have?

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