How millions of Africans could lose access to electricity under Trump

November 11, 2016 by  
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As climate change denier Donald Trump prepares to enter the White House, many wonder what repercussions his climate change policies will have for Africans. Although the continent contributes only 3.8 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions , its inhabitants could be among those people hit hardest by climate change. President Barack Obama tackled the challenge in Africa through a variety of projects, but many people think Trump’s insular comments about climate change and energy might lead to policies that could undo his hard work. Obama has attempted to mitigate the effects of climate change through a series of initiatives across Africa: he launched the $7 billion Power Africa project that aims to provide electricity from renewable energy to six nations , which would bring electricity to 230 million people who currently go without. He also launched the $34 million Climate Services for Resilient Development project to help African communities analyze climate data and plan for climate change risks. He also set aside millions of dollars for the U.S. Agency for International Development to help Africans prepare for climate change through funding agricultural systems, urban planning, and water and health services. Related: Africa Renewable Energy Initiative works towards 10,000 MW of clean power by 2020 Meanwhile Donald Trump has tweeted global warming is an “expensive hoax” and appears to have turned his focus inward to America, saying he’ll promote energy from coal and fracking to create jobs in the United States. Experts warn if he reverses Obama’s policies programs, Trump could leave millions of people in Africa without power and generally more vulnerable to climate change. In 2015 remarks to African leaders, President Obama said, “I believe Africa’s rise is not just important for Africa, it’s important to the entire world. We will not be able to meet the challenges of our time – from ensuring a strong global economy to facing down violent extremism, to combating climate change, to ending hunger and extreme poverty – without the voices and contributions of one billion Africans.” Let’s hope Donald Trump considers the rest of the world and not just America when he sets climate policies. Via Quartz Africa Images via M-KOPA Solar and DFID – UK Department for International Development on Flickr

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Terraces Home combines architecture with urban agriculture in Vietnam

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True to its name, the Terraces Home features a terraced rooftop with planting beds and wooden surfaces. The terraces mimic the Vietnamese rice fields and each level is backed by a strip of glazing that lets natural light into the interior and provides framed views of the plants and sky. Irrigation systems fed by recycled rainwater are installed along the length of the roof to ensure constant watering year-round. The plants help protect the home against solar heat gain, dust, and traffic noise. Related: Ziggurat-like roof in London supports 800 sedums, heathers, flowers, and herbs “Terraces home serves as a constant reminder of the origin of paddy rice civilization in a flat world context threatened by various types of pollution currently at an alarming level,” write the architects. “It is, at the same time, expected to promote the expansion of farmland plots in urban areas with a view to securing food supplies for future life.” The home is entered through black perforated folding doors that open up to a large play area with a tall ceiling. The ground floor, which steps up from the play area, includes the living room, dining room, and kitchen, while the upper levels house the bedroom, study, workshop, and additional multifunctional spaces. The home is set back from a perforated wall in the rear that lets in natural light and ventilation. + H&P Architects Via ArchDaily Images © Nguyen Tien Thanh

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