WEEK IN PHOTOS: Beached Whale, Treetop Walkway, More

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Beached Whale, Treetop Walkway, More
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Altamira, Brazil, May 20, 2008—Machete-wielding Kayapo Indian women protest the proposed Belo Monte hydropower dam in the Amazon River Basin on Tuesday. Nearly a thousand Indians gathered for a debate at which a dam representative was attacked.

The dam's proponents say it will produce 6.3 percent of Brazil's power by 2014. But critics argue that Belo Monte will displace some 15,000 Indians, degrade fishing grounds, and flood vast swaths of rain forest.

(Related: "Indigenous Lands Help Protect Amazon Forests, Study Finds" [February 28, 2006].)

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