Climate stories out of China often involve big numbers, both positive and negative. This one caught my attention recently though. The latest state energy announcement is for 455GW of new renewable energy by 2030.
That’s 10% of the entire globe’s renewable energy capacity right now, but it wasn’t the big number that I was interested in, but where China intends to place it. The country is turning to its desert regions to provide solar and wind power, with large amounts set to be installed in the Gobi desert in particular. Former coal mining land will also be turned over to renewable energy as mines are shut down.
This isn’t just a matter of putting energy infrastructure out of the way, and where land is cheap – although both of those things would be true. It’s also about land restoration and combating desertification. According to a report from the Xinhua News…
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