Renewable energy

 

Mountains play as key role in providing renewable energy, especially through hydropower, solar power, wind power and biogas for downstream cities and remote mountain communities.

Hydropower currently provides around a fifth of all electricity worldwide, and some countries rely almost exclusively on mountain regions for hydropower generation In Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru, at least 95 percent of hydropower is generated in mountain regions.

Solar power can also be efficiently produced in mountains and other cold regions - contrary to popular belief. The Himalayas and Tropical Andes are particularly promising locations for the development of solar energy, where installations could produce approximately 20 percent more energy than they could at sea level. In Nepal, for example, almost all remote airports and telecommunication facilities are powered by solar energy; solar cookers are widely used in the mountain regions of China and India.

Wind power is a vast, but largely untapped source of potential sustainable energy in mountains. Even at lower elevations, the terrain and topography of mountains can create wind corridors with high wind speeds that are ideally suited for wind turbine development.

Sustainable energy brings benefits to human health, the mountain environment and global climate. Reduced dependency on firewood, for example, can lead to fewer respiratory diseases, improved water and soil conservation, and less black carbon (soot) in the atmosphere – one of the most widespread short-lived climate pollutants.  However, many sustainable energy sources in mountains remain unused or underutilized.

Transitions to Low Carbon Energy Systems: Which Pathways to Energy Access for All?

Transitions to Low Carbon Energy Systems: Which Pathways to Energy Access for All?

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This workshop is being organized by the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network and hosted by the University of Sussex, UK. It will reflect on the outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and consider how low-carbon development can simultaneously address energy access, poverty reduction, human...

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IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012

IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012

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The Congress theme will be Nature+, a slogan that captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of people's lives. The Congress will explore many of the most pressing environmental and development challenges from this perspective and how strong and resilient nature is intricately linked...

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Water scarcity in the tropical Andes: Population growth outweighs climate change

Water scarcity in the tropical Andes: Population growth outweighs climate change

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As the Earth’s surface warms, climate models predict that the amount of fresh water for human consumption will likely decrease in parts of the globe. While that prospect looms for many cities around the world, a new study finds a more imminent threat to water supplies of cities in the...

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WMO Considers Draft Implementation Plan for Global Framework for Climate Services

WMO Considers Draft Implementation Plan for Global Framework for Climate Services

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At its 64th session the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which took place from 25 June to 3 July 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland, was adopted a draft implementation plan for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). It aims to increase the availability, accuracy and relevance of...

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Mountain Voice for change that matters

Mountain Voice for change that matters

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Over 200 delegates from Indian eleven mountain States at Gangtok in Sikkim deliberated on mountain issues related to water, livelihoods and Communities & forests of the Indian Himalayan region at the Indian Mountain Initiative summit II, held from 25 to 26 May 2012 at Gangtok, Sikkim in India. In his...

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New Zealand

New Zealand's natural heritage threatened by 20 years of environmental inaction

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Less than a month before world leaders meet at a major environmental summit, a WWF’s report warns that New Zealand is falling short on important commitments made at the Earth Summit 20 years ago on greenhouse gases, water quality, land and marine biodiversity, fisheries and education for sustainability. “While it...

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