Brazilian government severely underestimates dam emissions

By Katy Yan

, by International Rivers

Mathematical errors in the classroom or on tests usually don’t carry a whole lot of consequences besides a blot on your grade and maybe a deflated sense of self-esteem.

But what happens when the mathematical error occurs in a major government energy agency? The ramifications could be huge, especially when a country is dead set on reducing its carbon footprint through building more hydropower projects – and it’s precisely the greenhouse gas emissions from these projects that are being miscalculated.

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