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Wind Power: Environment’s Gift By City Tech Blogger Eusebe Pierre Louis

Wind power is one of the greatest renewable ways of producing electricity as no toxic emissions are generated, it does not attach to global warming, and is one of the most obtainable sources of sustainable energy. Also, hypothetically it is a limitless source of energy. In adequately windy areas, wind turbines are one of the best cost-effective strategies of producing electricity.

According to the The Global Environment Facility “About 1.4 billion people around the world rely on traditional fuels like coal and wood to meet their basic energy needs. This is not only harmful to the environment; it can also lead to premature deaths for millions of people, especially women and children”. The use of conventional fuels, for example, coal and wood for cooking, and thermal use is a substantial source of indoor air pollution, which can lead to critical health problems, especially for women and children who consume more time indoors. Furthermore, to health risks, the use of traditional fuels for energy provides to environmental issues including tree loss and greenhouse gas emissions. Also according to the Global Environmental Facility, “Technology is one of the key means to reduce or slow the growth of and stabilize the concentration of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)…..including clean technologies, business models, supportive policies and strategies, and financial tools which foster private sector engagement for climate-friendly technologies and innovations”. Sustainable energy sources for example, solar and wind, can help to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by exchanging fossil fuels. Reusable energy technologies are evolving and becoming more productive and economical, making them more appealing choices for electricity generation.

As a sustainable energy source, wind power does not create greenhouse gases or any other pollutants that contribute to climate change. By ceasing the use of fossil fuels in the production of electricity, wind power can actually help to lower comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions, and restrict the quantity of carbon dioxide, and other pollutants liberated into the atmosphere. According to Climate Central “That transition is embodied in more than 150 countries’ pledges to slash greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change. Most of those pledges involve using more renewables such as wind and solar power and implementing a variety of energy efficiency measures to reduce emissions”. So many countries around the world have pledged to decrease their greenhouse gas emissions for the purpose of fighting climate change. The prevailing technique for accomplishing these cutbacks entail growing the use of sustainable energy sources such as wind and solar power. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), wind power is one of the most productive and expandable approaches for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, The International Energy Agency has discovered wind power as a crucial technology for securing the missions of the Paris Agreement, which aims to constrain global warming to well beneath 2 degree celsius.

“There are other countries that generate more wind energy each year, but Denmark gets the largest chunk of its energy from wind by far. The government is committed to generating 50 percent of its energy from wind by 2020,” another quote from Climate Central.  Meanwhile there are alternative countries that produce more wind energy in complete conditions. Denmark’s portion of wind power in its energy combine is greater than any other country. This is because of Denmark’s small dimensions, advantageous wind conditions, and early resources in wind power technology. Wind power has evolved into a substantial source of electricity, with Denmark producing above 50% of its electricity from wind power in 2020.

As a whole, wind power has the possibility to play a noteworthy role in mitigating climate change, and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Despite that, it is significant to note that wind power cannot solve the problem of climate change, and must be merged with other remedies, including energy efficiency, solar power, and energy storage to attain the necessary lowering in greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Work Cited

https://www.thegef.org/what-we-do/topics/climate-change-mitigation

https://www.climatecentral.org/news/worldwide-energy-transition-underway-19669

https://www.climatecentral.org/news/denmark-wind-power-record-19925

https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/wind/wind-energy-and-the-environment.php

 

Image: https://www.climatecentral.org/news/denmark-wind-power-record-19925

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  1. I really do agree with wind power being essential for the fight against climate change. Any form of clean energy would greatly benefit the longevity of the world’s climate and ecosystems. Unfortunately, the lack of availability of wind in certain areas makes wind turbines a limited solution. As you said, greenhouse gasses can very much cause habitat loss like trees dying as well as poison many humans worldwide. Nevertheless, there needs to be a clean power option for larger cities. Places like New York City, Paris, Hong Kong, and LA can use some degree of clean energy like wind turbines. But, that clean energy will only account for a small percentage of the daily power intake of each of those cities. The goal is to eventually have a 100% renewable energy world. This is a great step, however, the main contributors of global warming tend to be pollution from cities. So far, the most efficient clean energy for cities has been nuclear power. It can produce a lot of power with little waste. Though this is a solution, the concern people have is with the radioactive waves that can last for centuries. I won’t completely discredit wind power. It is essential. It should be used in areas that it can be used in. For instance, the Orkney Islands, which is an island just off the coast of Scotland, has obtained so much wind power that they have too much energy stored on the island. Considering the island’s constant windy conditions, this source of collecting power is wisely applicable. I suppose that the solution to climate change comes down to monetary funding, resources and human agreement.

  2. I totally agree with everything that was said by Marcelle. The Paris Climate Change Agreement, also known as the Paris Agreement, is a landmark international treaty with the goal of reducing the impact of climate change. The agreement was Signed in 2015 to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It also looks to promote adjustment to the effects of climate change, and provide financial and technological support to developing countries.
    The Dominican Republic is one of the many countries that have participated in the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The Dominican Republic is a small island developing state located in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is especially susceptible to the effects of climate change, such as droughts, sea level rise, and hurricanes. The country has thus acknowledged the immediate need to take action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adjust to the changing climate.
    The Dominican Republic has also taken steps to boost sustainable energy and energy productivity. The country has noteworthy possibilities for sustainable energy, especially from wind and solar power, and has established a goal to create 25% of its electricity from sustainable sources by 2025. It has also executed a number of energy productivity programs, such as the substitution of incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs. Moreover, to reduction efforts, the Dominican Republic has also taken steps to adjust to the effects of climate change. For example, the country has developed a National Plan for Risk Management and Disaster Mitigation, whose goal is to reduce the effects of natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes.

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