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Coverage of hydroelectric power since October 19, 2023.

Western Labrador town without power as wildfire takes out transmission lines

"...The hydroelectric power plant in Churchill Falls supplies electricity to Labrador and Quebec, and all of its employees were evacuated Tuesday..."

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The Audacious Scheme to Reroute Indias Water Hakai Magazine

"...Similarthough less ambitiouswater transfers happen in other parts of the world. Chinas South-to-North Water Diversion Project will eventually carry 45 billion cubic meters of water each year across more than 1,000 kilometers. And in Sri Lanka, where water is diverted from the Mahaweli Ganga river basin, people have benefited from improved food security and higher incomes, says Upali Amarasinghe, a data scientist with the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka..."

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Powering Up: How Canada keeps the lights on

"...This data does not show the electricity provinces import from other jurisdictions — only what they generated in 2022. Smaller jurisdictions — such as Nunavut and the Northwest Territories — have a high percentage of fossil fuels on their grids. But because they are sparsely populated their total greenhouse gas emissions arising from electrical generation are still far lower than Ontario and New Brunswick, which have a cleaner mix..."

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More and faster: Electricity from clean sources reaches 30% of global total

"...Despite all the growth in clean energy, fossil fuels still made up the majority of global electricity generated last year, causing a 1% rise in global power sector emissions. Scientists say even if we slashed all greenhouse gas emissions today, the planet would continue to warm for years because of the amount of pollutants already added to the atmosphere..."

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Electricity imports from U.S. topped exports in February amid drought: StatCan

"...For the first time in eight years, Canada imported more electricity from the U. S. than it exported amid prolonged dry conditions that have reduced hydroelectric power generation..."

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Europe is the fastest-warming continent, report says

"...Europe is the fastest-warming continent and its temperatures are rising at roughly twice the global average, two top climate monitoring organizations reported Monday, warning of the consequences for human health, glacier melt and economic activity. The UN's World Meteorological Organization and the European Union's climate agency, Copernicus, said in a joint report that the continent has the opportunity to develop targeted strategies to speed up the transition to renewable resources like wind, solar and hydroelectric power in response to the effects of climate change. The continent generated 43% of its electricity from renewable resources last year, up from 36 per cent the year before, the agencies say in their European State of the Climate report for last year..."

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Europe is the fastest-warming continent, at nearly twice the average global rate, report says

"...Extreme weather fanned heat waves, wildfires, droughts and flooding, the report said. High temperatures have contributed to a loss of glacier ice on the continent, including in the Alps which have lost about 10% of their remaining glacier ice over the last two years..."

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Russia launches barrage of 99 drones and missiles on Ukraines energy system, officials say

"...Ukraines state-owned grid operator, Ukrenergo, said that the attack deliberately targeted energy infrastructure, including thermal and hydroelectric power plants across central and western regions..."

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After a warm winter, Canada may see more drought, wildfires in the spring

"...In Saskatchewan, their main water supply from Regina's Lake Diefenbaker is metres below average already for this time of year. In other places in Canada the groundwater is depleted, which means people have to pump water from farther down. Richardson said while many in Canadas biggest cities may not notice the drought right away with tap water still flowing, they might see some other effects..."

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Kashmir residents suffer through a dry winter waiting for snow. Experts point to climate change

"...Experts link the weather shifts in Kashmir with broader climate change and global warming and warn that it could have a cascading impact on the regions water resources and agriculture..."

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We flooded a forest - the result blew our minds

"...With us, you will restore nature and fight climate change every month ..."

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What Happened to the Forest We Flooded?

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We are flooding a forest - heres why

"...In our latest rewilding project we have decided to spend 40,000 to dig a ditch and flood a forest in Slovakia..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about hydroelectric power relevant to the latest news.

Anthropogenic and climate induced trace element contamination in a water reservoir in northwestern Mexico

"...Water reservoirs are essential for regional economic development, as populations depend on them for agriculture irrigation, flood control, hydroelectric power generation, water supply for human consumption, and subsistence fishing activities..."

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A review of the current status of the water quality in the Nile water basin

"...The Nile water basin has been contaminated by numerous pollutants such as toxic heavy metals and organic contaminants, therefore pushing the resident water quality above the World health organization (WHO) acceptable guidelines for drinking water, agricultural irrigation, and aquatic life support..."

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Spatio-temporal analysis of precipitation in eastern India for last three decades

"...Climate change emerges as a significant factor influencing rainfall variability, as it results in changes in annual or seasonal rainfall patterns along with precipitation intensity..."

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Using remote sensing to calculate floating photovoltaic technical potential of a dam’s surface

"...A dam with a hydroelectric power plant (HEPP) prevents flooding while generating electricity and providing controlled irrigation of agricultural land..."

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Deep learning?based long short-term memory recurrent neural networks for monthly rainfall forecasting in Ghana, West Africa

"...Ghana has witnessed major flood and drought events as a result of unpredictable climate conditions, affecting numerous sectors of the economy such as agriculture, mining, hydroelectric power, and so on..."

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Rainfall Variability Assessment?A Case Study of Rokel-Seli River Basin in Sierra Leone

"...Rokel-Seli river basin is importance to the country?s economy as it supplies water to the Bumbuna hydroelectric power scheme as well as water for the agriculture, fisheries, mining and transportation and for ecological purposes..."

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Economic Valuation of Environmental Services Associated with Agriculture in the Watershed of Lake Lagdo, Cameroon

"...Measures to reduce soil erosion include payments to landowners as powerful incentives for promoting environmentally friendly land-use practices that help to sustain ecosystem services (PES)..."

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Modeling and predicting the electricity production in hydropower using conjunction of wavelet transform, long short-term memory

"...In this study, we offer a hybrid model which combines adaptive wavelet transform (AWT), long short-term memory (LSTM) and random forest (RF) algorithm (AWT-LSTM-RF) to predict the EP in hydroelectric power plant..."

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Inflow forecasting using regularized extreme learning machine: Haditha reservoir chosen as case study

"...This case study occasionally suffers from severe drought events and thus causes significant water shortages as well as stopping hydroelectric power stations for several months..."

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The effects of renewable energy sources on Turkiye?s economic growth: ARDL estimation

"...Hydroelectric power plants, which have particular importance for the economic growth of developing countries, have been generating electricity in Turkiye over many decades, since the early 1900s..."

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Smart hydropower management: utilizing machine learning and deep learning method to enhance dam?s energy generation efficiency

"...Renewable energy sources and hydroelectric power generation in large parts of the electricity market are crucial as environmental pollution worsens..."

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History of Energetics

"...For every stage the text presents separately the components of the energy system: general energy, thermoenergetics, hydroenergetics, nuclear energetics, energy resources, renewable energy and electroenergetics..."

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