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.

Dam Project Threatens a Way of Life in Peru

Dam Project Threatens a Way of Life in Peru

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The indigenous Ashaninkas are now facing a frightening peril: the proposed 2,200-megawatt Pakitzapango hydroelectric dam, which would flood much of the Ene River valley. The project is part of a proposal for as many as five dams that under a 2010 energy agreement would generate more than 6,500 megawatts, primarily...

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Fourth International African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) Conference

Fourth International African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) Conference

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This Conference, organized by the World Future Council and the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) on the theme, “Access to Sustainable Renewable Energy in Africa as Prerequisite for the MDGs”, will be held from 22 to 26 May 2012, in Como, Italy. As 2012 marks the UN International Year of...

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IUCN: Thomson Reuters Environmental Media Award

IUCN: Thomson Reuters Environmental Media Award

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For over a decade, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has teamed up with Thomson Reuters Foundation to honor environmental journalism. From 15 May to 15 June 2012, journalists and writers across the world are invited to submit an article on an environmental issue, for the IUCN –...

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World Renewable Energy Forum & Exhibition (WREF 2012): Em-Powering the World with Renewable Energy

World Renewable Energy Forum & Exhibition (WREF 2012): Em-Powering the World with Renewable Energy

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For the first time, the American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Conference will be held under the same roof with the biennial World Renewable Energy Congress. The combined event is the World Renewable Energy Forum 2012. WREF 2012, organized by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and the World...

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The water-energy-food nexus: why mountains matter

The water-energy-food nexus: why mountains matter

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Together with the Government of Nepal and ICIMOD, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat has organized a side event on "The water-energy-food nexus: why mountains matter". The side event will take place on Monday 26 March 2012 at the United Nations headquarters in New York, back to back with the 3rd Intersessional...

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The water-energy-food nexus: why mountains matter

The water-energy-food nexus: why mountains matter

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Together with the Government of Nepal and ICIMOD, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat has organized a side event on "The water-energy-food nexus: why mountains matter". The side event will take place on Monday 26 March 2012 at the United Nations headquarters in New York, back to back with the...

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