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Reprieve for Amazon as Controversial Dam Gets Setback

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

In a case described as precedent-setting, a Brazilian court has suspended the operating license for one of the world's biggest—and most controversial—dams.

The long-contested Belo Monte Dam, would be the world's third-largest such hydroelectric project, International Rivers explains, and would "divert the flow of the Xingu, devastate an extensive area of the Brazilian rainforest, displace over 20,000 people, and threaten the survival of indigenous tribes that depend on the river."