Namibia comes to Europe to sell its sunshine

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Namibia is a long way from Europe, but desperate emissions-obsessed governments may not care. Morocco is a lot nearer as one UK energy firm has already noticed.
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As Europe struggles to decarbonise its economy and wean itself off Russian oil and gas, one of the world’s sunniest and most arid nations is pitching itself to the continent as an answer to its problems, says Euractiv.

A delegation from sub-Saharan Africa’s driest country has been touring Europe to tout their nation as a potential powerhouse of clean energy.

They say Namibia can produce so much solar power it will soon be self-sufficient in electricity – and, by the end of the decade, could become an exporter of so-called green hydrogen.

“We came to Europe saying we have this amazing sun,” said James Mnyupe, economic adviser to the Namibian presidency.

He was in Rotterdam earlier…

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NOAA study finds reducing particulate air pollution in N America & Europe increases hurricanes in N Atlantic

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The theme here is that aerosols have to some extent been having the opposite of the alleged effect of so-called greenhouse gases. This study, based on climate modelling, suggests at least some recent warming is linked to reductions in atmospheric aerosol content.
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A new NOAA study covering four decades of tropical cyclones found that reducing particulate air pollution in Europe and North America has contributed to an increase in the number of tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic basin and a decrease in the number of these storms in the Southern Hemisphere, says Green Car Congress.

The open-access study, published in Science Advances, also found that the growth of particulate pollution in Asia has contributed to fewer tropical cyclones in the western North Pacific basin.

While a number of recent studies have examined how increasing greenhouse gas emissions are impacting global tropical cyclone activity, Hiroyuki Murakami…

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The Big ‘Green’ Lie: Why We’ll Never, Ever Be 100% Powered By Wind & Solar Power

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The wind and solar acolyte in their more delusional moments readily proclaims that an all-wind and sun-powered future is upon us. Never mind sunset; never mind dead calm weather; and never mind the fact that the idea that giant lithium-ion batteries economically storing wind and solar power at grid-scale is pure hokum ? for the dreamer, the only thing in our path is a bunch of fossil-fuel loving ?dinosaurs?.

The renewable energy rent-seeker preys on the nave and ignorant, with a marketing mantra that, for a few dollars more, we can all enjoy electrons exclusively harvested from sunshine and breezes. Never again will our consciences be troubled by the notion that our lights and fridges are running on coal-fired electricity. Perish the thought.

Or, so the story goes.

Karsten Neumeister ? quite apparently a subsidised solar worshipper ? takes a look at the methods used by power retailers to dupe…

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Green Cities and Urbanisation in Asia: 12 Things to Ponder

Urban expansion in Asia presents both opportunities and challenges for the region and the world, as it can help address some environmental problems if managed well.

From 1980 to 2010, Asia added more than a billion people to its cities.

Asia is home to more than half of the world’s megacities. The question is: how big our cities can grow?

Eleven of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in Asia.

Between 2000 and 2008, per capita average greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions grew by 97% in Asia compared to 18% globally.

In 2010, more than half a billion Asians were living in slums. Slums are manifestation of urban poverty. Urban Poverty differs from rural poverty.

Urbanization, if carefully managed, could spearhead Asia’s emergence as a green continent. 

Urban productivity is more than 5.5 times higher than in rural areas – same level of output with fewer resources.

Asian cities could facilitate the development of green technologies

Developing cities resilient to climate change should be part of urbanization. Developing Green infrastructure is an important step in this direction.

Policymakers need to prioritize efficiency and conservation to reduce existing urban energy consumption. 

Mass transit systems are more efficient and faster than the private car. 

ADB’s Strategy 2020 states that “livable cities” will be fostered through support

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