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* [[Dams]], used for large-scale [[hydroelectric]] projects, cause massive environmental disruption, interfering with fish migration and breeding, preventing the natural flow of sediment and nutrients, and interrupting the natural [[water cycle]] with sometimes unpredictable consequences (such as the outbreak of the parasitic illness [[schistosomiasis]]{{w|schistosomiasis}} following the year-round [[irrigation]] introduced by the [[Aswan Dam]] .
In 2006, about 18% of global final energy consumption came from renewables, but this is almost all from the old, damaging renewables: 13% from traditional biomass, mainly for heating, and 3% from hydroelectricity. "New" renewables ([[small hydro]], modern biomass, [[windpower|wind]], [[solar power|solar]], geothermal, and [[biogas|biofuels]]) accounted for only 2.4%, but are growing very rapidly.{{fact}}
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