La ame­naza para los ríos de Chile

Patagon Journal - - THREATENED RIVERS - NATHALIE JOIGNANT

Rivers and wet­lands are the veins that carry our lifeblood. Sim­ply put, they al­low our ex­is­tence. In ad­di­tion to wa­ter they pro­vide count­less en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices to hu­mans and other species, among them: food, bio­di­ver­sity habi­tat, fibers, medic­i­nal ma­te­rial, fod- many rivers are dry­ing up or un­der im­mi­nent threat.

On a small scale, hy­dro­elec­tric­ity is a re­new­able en­ergy source. But re­gret­fully, this ar­gu­ment has also served as an ex­cuse for gi­gan­tic “run of river” com­plexes, reser­voirs, and large dams which de­stroy the ecosys­tem bal­ance. These

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