Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Cambodia and climate change

Cambodia will push ahead with plans to use hydropower and coal to electrify the entire country by 2020. Hydropower accounts for 40 percent of the mix, while coal makes up 36 percent, with more plants being built. Coal-fired plants are under construction and will contribute another 150MW by next year

Renewables such as solar account for less than 1 percent.

Cambodia's electrification so far has been largely driven by dams But the benefits of dams have been highly overestimated, according to a study published this week by scientists from Michigan State University. Dams, the study said, often uproot people from their homes and damage biodiversity, while also releasing "large amounts" of climate-changing gases from rotting vegetation when water is released through spillways or passes through turbines.

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