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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Belo Monte Dam made international headlines again this week as a protest caught the attention of media outlets and rallied opposition to the controversial program. The dam project falls under the heading of 'hydroelectricity' - referring to electricity generated by hydropower; the most widely used form of renewable energy.

According to our friends at BP, global energy consumption grew by 5.6 percent in 2010, the largest increase (in percentage terms) since 1973. Chinese energy consumption grew by 11.2 . . .

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