Dams damned – is the age of vast hydroelectric plants over?
With weakening efficiency and significant ecological impact, it’s time to reconsider dams as a crucial source of renewable energy. The significant damage caused to a major dam in southern Ukraine on Tuesday highlights the great impact that can be caused by these large structures. When damaged, they can unleash huge surges of water, leading to flooding, emergency evacuations and endangering the lives of civilians. But even when operating normally, dams have been proven to worsen climate change and cause a plethora of issues for the planet and environment. So, the question is: are dams still a necessary source of modern-day renewable energy?