Presenting on & moderating a panel on hydropower

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. Continue reading Presenting on & moderating a panel on hydropower

Climate justice and remembering Paddy Ashdown on his 80th birthday

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. Continue reading Climate justice and remembering Paddy Ashdown on his 80th birthday

The impact decades-long dependence on hydropower in El Nino prone Zambia is having on carbon emissions through diesel backup generation

D’Maris Coffman, Graham Sianjase, Priti Parikh and I have published a journal paper in Environmental Research Letters under the title above. For this article, we make available the primary data our team of enumerators (Johanna Mwila, Beauty Nkosha, Tapiwa Janda, Nandi Ngwenye and Mundia Kayamba) helped us collect in the above Excel file. We do this to allow for scrutiny of our findings. We will disclose more data collected and analysis once we have published our findings pertaining to the additional data. The data available is GDPR compliant. The pdf of the article can be accessed here. Abstract Emissions associated … Continue reading The impact decades-long dependence on hydropower in El Nino prone Zambia is having on carbon emissions through diesel backup generation

Explaining Rwanda’s prioritisation of rural electrification over rural clean drinking water through institutional path dependency

Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier Volume 54, September 2020, Pages 186-201https://doi.org/10.1016/j.strueco.2020.05.001 Highlights • Rural electrification as an economic asset had not been questioned until 2017; • Categorisation of potable water as an amenity persists; • The World Bank pursues … Continue reading Explaining Rwanda’s prioritisation of rural electrification over rural clean drinking water through institutional path dependency

Increasing tariffs to prevent another electricity crisis in Zambia

International Growth Centre blogs Shivani Haria and Imaduddin Ahmed | 1 April, 2020 Zambia’s state-owned power utility company, ZESCO, is consistently struggling to meet demand, plunging Zambia into one electricity crisis after another. The Government of Zambia’s acceptance of ZESCO’s application to increase tariffs is a step in the right direction. Access to reliable power remains a problem across sub-Saharan Africa. The latest data from the World Bank’s Enterprise Surveys, show that 76.2% of firms in the region still experience electrical outages, on average 8.3 times a month. This has forced over half the firms in sub-Saharan Africa into owning … Continue reading Increasing tariffs to prevent another electricity crisis in Zambia

Interview on BBC Asian Network on foreign policy

With one hand, our government gives, and the other, it takes. The Liberal Democrats’ manifesto calls for a presumption of denial of arms exports to human rights priority countries; British arms sales to Saudi Arabia contributed to the killing of … Continue reading Interview on BBC Asian Network on foreign policy