Not only are there emissions associated with the construction and decommissioning of hydropower plants and the destruction of carbon sinks, not only are there emissions associated with the methane released from hydrodam reservoirs, but there’s now also backup diesel generation that we need to take into account when hydropower from reservoir lakes fails as a baseload source of energy.
Ever the military mind, Paddy Ashdown saw climate change playing a hand in resource wars, and saw the Syrian refugee crisis, caused by climate change and lack of water, as the beginning of a worrying trend.
He wanted to see us in less climate-affected nations to accept more climate-displaced people in line with standards of humanity and decency.
“Imad Ahmed has written a fascinating and meticulously researched book on Zambia, which details the various challenges posed by hydroelectric power. This book is a must-read for all interested in Zambia and energy policy in the developing world.”