While national negotiators work to broker a climate deal in Paris, mayors from around the world showed yesterday that a global movement of local climate action is already underway. At the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, about 1000 mayors signed a declaration that supports a transition to 100% Renewable Energy. And in fact, events across the COP21 amplify the leadership of local governments and their important role for combating climate change. [Read more →]
December 5, 2015 Comments Off on Cities For Climate at COP21 in Paris
Despite the fact that in the sunniest region of Europe there is a vast potential of energy from the sun (and wind), renewable energy is a resource that is being ignored. In a time when Southern European countries are struggling with debt and stagnating economies, clean renewable energy solutions can be a smart way to go. Expert studies commissioned by Greenpeace Croatia, Greece, Italy and Spain show how the Southern European governments can boost their economies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate their energy transition by enabling massive small-scale investments into renewable energy and energy-efficient solutions. [Read more →]
November 16, 2015 Comments Off on Renewable energy: untapped fuel for Mediterranean economies
The CSP project NOORo next to the village of Tasselmante
Tasselmante is located in the Province of Ouarzazate at the edge of the Sahara Desert. It is a small mud-brick village built with the colors of the desert soil. In Amazigh, the language of the indigenous Berber population, Tasselmante means “the safe home”. Many historic monuments, such as the famous fortified castles called Kasbahs bear testimony of the times when the historic region of Ouarzazate was home to powerful dynasties reigning over Morocco. Today, however, these times are long gone. Green fields with fruits, dates and almonds as well as flourishing trade routes have turned into dried-up springs and streams, perished palm oases and abandoned farmland. While the Government of Morocco has made socio-economic development its primary national priority, until recently, the region was politically neglected and economically isolated. It is marked by some of the nation’s poorest infrastructures, concentrated poverty, high unemployment rates, and rural exodus. Additionally, the region is highly vulnerable to environmental stressors from climate change. Consecutive years of drought, erratic rainfall patterns, desertification, and water scarcity are now regular phenomena and pose severe threats to the people’s livelihoods.
August 12, 2015 Comments Off on Solar power drives development in Tasselmante, Morocco