Merzouga, Morocco. January 30, 2011. | Credit: Christiaan Triebert

Climate Change Will Bring Deserts to Mediterranean; Solar Energy Push in Kenya, Southeast Asia

The Atlantic (11/1) reported on a new study that found, if average global temperatures rise 2 degrees Celsius, all of southern Spain could become a desert.  

 
Inside Climate News (10/27) reported on the same study and noted that increased temperatures would cause desertification in Morocco, driving southern deserts further north, displacing forests. 
 
Thomson Reuters Foundation (10/31) said the installation and use of solar-powered mini-grid systems is rising in Kenya as businesses and farmers seek to expand operations and move up the “energy ladder.” 
 
Reuters (11/1) reported that Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand are supporting a regional push for increased solar energy generation in Southeast Asia.
 
Forbes (10/30) said scientists are finding ways to overcome the variability of wind and solar power, including better coordination between grid operators, using larger geographic areas to balance load and demand, and using shorter time intervals of time to dispatch power to different areas. 
 
The Guardian (10/29) said that by planting trees on farms, Indian farmers are increasing profits and yields while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 
 
VOA (11/1) said Vietnam’s government is implementing agricultural reforms that aim to produce higher quality climate-adapted rice and boost alternative crops to help meet challenges posed by climate change and disrupted water flow on the Mekong River. 
 
Country
Kenya
Sectors
Energy, Adaptation
Strategic Objective
Mitigation, Adaptation
Topics
Water and Sanitation, Mitigation, Grid Integration, Forestry, Climate Policy, Clean Energy, Adaptation
Region
Middle East, Europe & Eurasia, Asia, Africa

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