Another article, this time by the Circle of Blue, indicates the end of the hydro era. “[…] A lengthening list of nations around the world […] are reassessing big hydropower dams in an era when wind and solar power are less expensive, much easier to build, less damaging, and far less vulnerable to droughts and floods,” the article states.
More and more scientists are also speaking up about the negative ecological effects of dams: “Big dams and reservoirs destroy carbon-absorbing forests. Biological decay in reservoirs produces ample amounts of methane, a climate change gas more powerful than carbon dioxide. […] Massive hydropower projects are an artifact of the water-intensive, resource-consuming global development strategy of the 20th century.”
Read for yourself: Popularity of Big Hydropower Projects Diminishes Around the World