Climate Change Will Reduce Renewable Energy Capacity

Climate Change Will Reduce Renewable Energy Capacity

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Climate change is set to reduce Latin America’s capacity to produce renewable energy, according to Roberto Schaeffer, a Brazilian energy planning expert.

He told the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development underway in Brazil that many forms of renewable energy are vulnerable to variations in climate, due to their dependence on water – as is the case with hydropower and biofuels – as well as on wind and sun. Schaeffer— a researcher at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil — said that Brazil’s biomass, hydroelectric and wind energy sectors are particularly vulnerable.

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