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Dams are an often overlooked source of greenhouse gas emissions

A dam's gates and bulkheads with a powerplant in the background
The Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam is visible on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.
Ben Hovland | MPR News

It’s said that water is life and trying to control and store water through massive dam projects has been a way of life for a long time, especially in the western U.S.  

But it turns out dams emit greenhouse gas and can have environmental impacts. Just how much do they emit and why might some rivers be better off left to flow naturally? 

Steven Hawley, author of “Cracked: The Future of Dams in a Hot, Chaotic World,” discusses what a world without dams could bring.

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