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Climate Change and Green Energy in Underdeveloped Countries

I'm in the process of structuring an essay about: whether developed western nations owe help to underdeveloped countries in Africa to help develop green energy technologies to fight climate change.

As many of you probably know climate change, though caused primarily by western countries, hits poor underdeveloped countries the hardest. While accounting for less than 1 percent of the world's carbon gas emissions underdeveloped nations especially those in Africa suffer the most deaths due to climatic changes, and the highest cost in terms of damages.

http://www.sustainable-devel...52/global-warming-kills.html

To account for this injustice, countries in Africa are proposing a common platform going into the Copenhagen that calls for the G8 countries to reduce their emissions by 25 to 40 percent by 2020, and asserting that otherwise their continent is threatened.

http://www.sustainable-devel...o-lower-their-emissions.html

Do you think the wet owes it to Africa, not just to reduce its own emissions, but to help install green technology so that Africa can develop electrical capacity in an eco-friendly way, and join in the fight against global warming (a phenomenon for which it is already bearing a significant cost)? What initiatives do you know of already that have tried to integrate Western and African efforts in combating climate changes and/or developing green energy?

Thanks, if you agree it would be great if you could help brainstorm some examples to support my argument. Even if you don't i would love to hear from you, knowing the counterarguments will help me just as much. Or just look over the articles I posted and give me your opinion. Anything would be a great help :)

Thanks!

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9 comments to Climate Change and Green Energy in Underdeveloped Countries

  • CO2 does not cause warming. the trend since 1998 shows no warming. so should developed countries help undeveloped to fight climate change…if CO2 is your target…it can’t be done.

  • to the normally nomadic peoples being settled into fixed villages that end up stripping the foliage, via the goat herding that is being pushed upon them, Along with the lack of mobility, that ruins the land for raising food stuff.

    If you bought the carbon credits scheme that Al Gore is heading up to sell fictitious stock to supposed violators, all the while making profits off of the unknowing public, at the expense of the global economic growth, or lack of it due to the harassment of clean coal power companies.

    Then I cannot give you any advice, other than learn what the BS is all about, (hint; follow the cash flowing thru the carbon credit clearing houses.)

  • CO2 does not cause warming. the trend since 1998 shows no warming. so should developed countries help undeveloped to fight climate change…if CO2 is your target…it can’t be done.

    Do you have another suggestion of a variable I could use. I’m not trying to pretend to be an expert regarding the environment I just got placed at an internship in an environmental organization and need a good topic to write about (though it’s not something i’ve studied much or something that i’ve looked into much due to personal interest). I just need a jumping off point before I can start research. All topics regarding climate change, global warming, are so debatable, I feel really overwhelmed.

  • Do you think the wet owes it to Africa, not just to reduce its own emissions, but to help install green technology so that Africa can develop electrical capacity in an eco-friendly way, and join in the fight against global warming (a phenomenon for which it is already bearing a significant cost)? What initiatives do you know of already that have tried to integrate Western and African efforts in combating climate changes and/or developing green energy?

    I believe the “green” environmental movement is partly responsible for keeping large parts of Africa in poverty….or at least without electricity. We are encouraging them to use “green” technology (such as solar). Problem is that most of the green technologies are some of the most expensive ways to produce power. So you are selling the most expensive technologies to the poorest nations on the planet….makes alot of sense doesn’t it?

    We could be helping them to build cheap coal plants….I believe that there are alot of coal reserves in Africa. Recently I saw avideo on Youtube….they were interviewing a Dr. at a hospital in Africa….Zimbabwe I believe. The hospital was “green”…that is it was solar powered. The solar cell was just barely enough to keep a fridge running. Pretty sad….yet the green movement was happy to announce that they were the ones that donated the cell.

  • I definitely agree that its unfair to make underdeveloped countries to pay to develop expensive green technologies, when most of the continent lacks electricity altogether and pollutant energy sources (coal and fossil fuels) were so central to developing the west. But because or the dire shortages of the aforementioned resources doesn’t this give us an opportunity to go forward and help economies (as green energy and technology will be key to determining which economies stay strong in the future). Thats why I think the west should invest in developing Africa in a environment friendly way, obviously providing heavily for the cost and technologies needed to build up these industries, to help both develop energy in these regions and lessen the environmental damages for which they are currently paying the highest price.

    Humor me, what do you think?

  • Thats why I think the west should invest in developing Africa in a environment friendly way, obviously providing heavily for the cost and technologies needed to build up these industries, to help both develop energy in these regions and lessen the environmental damages for which they are currently paying the highest price.

    Humor me, what do you think?

    Exactly what environmental damages are being caused? And how are they being caused?

    Already there is no shortage of hydroelectric dams in Africa….but with their out of control population growth and the fact that they have droughts ever few years, they are pretty ineffective at providing electricity. Africa has something like 60 billion tons of coal….and coal plants are cheap to build. Other benefits to exploiting coal reserves is it will reduce the cutting of rainforests for firewood….they can use coal briquettes instead.

    The west cannot afford to go off of carbon fuels….it is just too expensive. If the US can’t afford it…how can we finance a entire continent?

  • hey a thought on ur paper…maybe focus on all the environmental problems that r being over looked because of the greedy folks pushing the CO2 scare…there r a whole lot of things that we could be focusing on but we r not because nobody can see past CO2.

    also, if u need some good info on climate change, check out icecap.us

  • First, I think you’ll find most of the regulars here don’t buy into man made climate change, at least as a result of greenhouse gas emissions.

    If you do believe that, and are trying to force everyone else to do things “your way”, then I believe it would only be fair. However, I doubt we could afford to do that, and believe If what the Al Gores of the world are saying is true, countries like the US cutting emissions would be far more effective than the african nations.

    FWIW, I vote hooey on whether AGW is real or not.

  • hey a thought on ur paper…maybe focus on all the environmental problems that r being over looked because of the greedy folks pushing the CO2 scare…there r a whole lot of things that we could be focusing on but we r not because nobody can see past CO2.

    also, if u need some good info on climate change, check out icecap.us

    Hey thanks for the site, unfortunately it was too late to change my topic because when I posted this I’d already handed in the topic and a basic outline (and we were only given a week to write so I couldn’t afford to redo an outline on a new topic) , but i’ve made do as well as possible with it. I’m going to keep your suggestion in mind because I have to write a few articles for the ecological site I work at (http://www.developpementdurable.com) in the next few weeks, thanks again, sorry if I couldn’t take your advice to heart enough.

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