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America's TV Meteorologists: Symptoms of Climate Change Are Rampant, Undeniable

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CuriousLurker11/19/2016 1:16:49 pm PST

Looks like Morocco is going to be more progressive & proactive than the U.S. on climate change for at least the next four years:

From the article:

Morocco, the host of COP22 happening this week and next in Marrakech, is an example of a country that is working closely with the World Bank and other organizations to shift its economy onto a low carbon development path.

It just submitted its official climate plan, or nationally determined contribution, NDC, where it pledges a 42% reduction below business-as-usual emissions by 2030. This is 10 percentage points more ambitious than it previously laid out, ahead of Paris, and we see the plan affecting a growing number of sectors in the economy. Morocco plans a $13 billion expansion of wind, solar and hydroelectric power generation capacity and associated infrastructure that should see the country get 42% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, ramping up to 52% by 2030.

Morocco is well known for its investment in solar energy: the government is contracting a massive solar power plant in the Sahara Desert. NOOR I, launched earlier this year, is the first phase of a 510 MW plant that will ultimately supply clean energy to over one million Moroccans. It is already one of the world’s biggest solar thermal power plants.

What is perhaps equally impressive is that Morocco also prioritizes reforming its fossil fuel subsidies and has successfully lifted nearly all its fossil fuel subsidies. Initial estimates indicate that the potential emission reductions from this reform is sizeable - over one million tons of carbon dioxide per year - and could more than double if the fiscal savings from removing subsidies are reinvested in clean projects. […]

From the replies to the tweet:

The Solar Power Plant Noor: A shining light in the desert