Costa Rica, November 2016 – February 2017
It is all about climate change, isn’t it? Several climate conferences in a row have tried to arrange more ambitious and more concrete measures to prevent the earth from becoming a greenhouse by cutting down the greenhouse gasses produced by industry and transport.
However the current climate policies are too late and not ambitious enough. Making preventing quite a bit a cynical term as year after year global records are beaten: the Earth is heating up, the arctic ice is melting and deserts are growing
In the meantime some places on earth – the lucky few – experience almost none of the above mentioned effects; some even refer to this phenomenon as ‘not too bad’, dreaming of warm tropic summers in their northern hemisphere. While they are ignoring the extreme floods and showers and other negative consequences of their Indian Summer; not to mention the rising amount of climate refugees who will and already do experience the effects.
Renewable Energy is one of those so called mitigation strategies: providing energy without emitting greenhouse gases. However these strategies should become subjects of adaptation strategies to climate change as well. As these power plants became vulnerable for the immediate consequences of climate change: droughts and storms.
Droughts and storms undermine renewable energy projects
Providing most of its renewable energy by (large scale) hydro electrical power plants rising droughts undermine the energy production of Central American countries. At best it makes these countries search for other techniques, necessary as well considering the impact on environment and communities in the vicinity of large scale hydro-electrics. In the worst case scenario energy shortages are increasing with immediate results: lights out!
In the mean time storms are increasing in frequency and intensity, forming a threat for those energy plants. In the end of November 2016 Costa Rica faced this threat when Otto arrived at the coast, ready for its destroying passage slightly beneath the Nicaraguan border.
Even though they saw Otto coming and the country declared itself being in an emergency situation, fear and panic ruled and ruined society. Because foreseen, but unseen: Otto was the first of its kind in many years, hurricanes used to pass above or beneath the tiny country, Costa Rica would be saved.
But guess what, Otto changed this tradition. Because of, climate change?