Silenced Rivers

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Entirely updated in light of the recent World Commission on Dams Report, and responding to it, this new edition of Patrick McCully's now classic study shows why large dams have become such a controversial technology in both industrialized and developing countries. He explores the wide-ranging ecological impacts of large dams, the human consequences, the organization of the dam-building industry, and the role played by international banks and aid agencies in promoting it. He also looks as the extensive technical, ...

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Overview

Entirely updated in light of the recent World Commission on Dams Report, and responding to it, this new edition of Patrick McCully's now classic study shows why large dams have become such a controversial technology in both industrialized and developing countries. He explores the wide-ranging ecological impacts of large dams, the human consequences, the organization of the dam-building industry, and the role played by international banks and aid agencies in promoting it. He also looks as the extensive technical, safety, and economic problems associated with large dams. New in this edition, the author tells the story of the rapid growth of the international anti-dam movement, and suggests alternative methods of supplying the services supposedly provided by large dams.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A superlative account of the plethora of problems with dams.” —Tom Athanasiou, author of Dived Planet

“The best-researched, best-written account ever of what we have done to our rivers.” —Catherine Caufield, author of In the Rainforest

“This book contains a powerful plea for the world to adopt a sane and restrained river policy for the next century.” —Stewart L. Udall, US Secretary of the Interior, 1960-68

Tom Athanasiou
A superlative account of the plethora of problems with dams.
From The Critics
The campaigns director of a Berkeley-based environment and human rights organization, McCully stands by his assertion that dams have had massive negative impacts on nature and society, and that their benefits have been exaggerated and could often have been produced by less destructive and more equitable means. Here he updates his 1996 tract with recent information from the World Commission on Dams, evidence from the many dams built in the interval, and the flood of literature that is now being published about dams and their impact. Distributed in the US by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856499026
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Edition description: Enlarged & Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 436
  • Sales rank: 1,438,406
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick McCully is Campaigns Director of the California-based International Rivers Network. He is also an Associate Editor of The Ecologist and a contributing writer for Multinational Monitor.

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Table of Contents

The Power and the Water
• Rivers No More: The Environmental Effects of Dams
• Temples of Doom: The Human Consequences of Dams
• When Things Fall Apart: The Technical Failures of Large Dams
• Empty Promises: The Elusive Benefits of Large Dams
• Paradise Lost: Dams and Irrigation
• The Wise Use of Watersheds
• Energy: Revolution or Catastrophe
• Industry Applies, Man Confronts: The Political Economy of Damming
• We Will Not Move: The International Anti-Dam Movement

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