Harnessing river flows through the use of water wheels dates back thousands of years and is considered by many to be the first application of renewable energy technology. Technological advances over the past decade have broadened the potential for application of the technology, and the sector is now on the cusp of a major revival. Hydrokinetic turbines capture energy in much … [Read more...] about Damless Hydropower: a renewable energy solution for Latin America?
The financing gap for climate adaptation is huge- it is estimated that developing countries need somewhere between US$70 to $100 billion per year through 2050 to meet current and future adaptation needs, and that’s on the low end! A more recent report from the United Nations Environment Programme – (UNEP) projects costs to be as high as US$250-500 billion per year until 2050. … [Read more...] about Using corporate offsetting to finance climate change adaptation
Latin America and the Caribbean is the region that loses the most electricity in its transmission and distribution systems. Only in 2012, the region lost 240 terawatt hours (TWh), which is equivalent to 17% of the total electricity generated. This situation, which has gotten worse in recent decades, is analyzed in the recent report Power Lost. Energy losses are inevitable in … [Read more...] about Before running, learn to walk: Reducing electricity losses as a first step to ensure energy security
Brazilians are raging. Much like in the movies. Sao Paulo’s unsustainable growth strikes again. But this time traffic congestion is not the problem. What the inhabitants of this mega city are facing is a severe water shortage, in spite of the violent storms that flooded the city in December. Pollution, over pumping and an increase in the number of illegal water tapping all … [Read more...] about Current water crisis leaves Latin America thirsty for sustainability
By providing energy access, governments generate the conditions that ensure the basic health and welfare of their citizens, especially women, who are more adversely affected by energy poverty. The Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which aims to ensure universal access to modern energy services by 2030, has made the connection between energy and women’s health a focus … [Read more...] about 5 ways lack of access to energy affects women