Underutilization of hydropower
Other Names: Underuse of hydroelectricity generation
Nature: By the beginning of the 1980s, 75% of hydropower resources in Europe and North America had been developed, while only a small proportion had been tapped in Oceania, Asia, and especially Africa. Hydropower generation is limited in the industrialized countries by a lack of suitable dam sites and competition for land and water use.
Counter Claim: Hydropower developments have substantial environmental impacts. Large storage schemes displace settlements; the upheaval and resettlement cause considerable social effects by modifying agricultural and transport patterns and affecting regional health. Small schemes may sometimes increase the incidence of waterborne diseases.
Problem Type: F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update 17.06.2018 – 11:44 CEST