Guest essay by Eric Worrall
According to Bloomberg;
Zambian President Edgar Lungu said global warming was partly to blame for the “unprecedented” power crisis robbing the economy of jobs and restraining productivity.
The energy shortages in the southern African nation are linked to unpredictable rainfall patterns caused by climate change, Lungu told the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. Hydro-electric generation, which accounts for more than 90 percent of the country’s energy mix, has been curbed because of a drought, putting pressure on the key mining industry to reduce its power usage.
I guess this is a reminder that even hydroelectricity, the only economically viable renewable, has its limitations. However there is hope – if Mr Lungu approaches the Chinese or Japanese for help, they might include Zambia in their climate finance coal infrastructure development programmes.