29 Aug '14, 10pm

Turning the desert into an oasis - one solar panel at a time!

Sigh, yet another green the desert plan. There are so many of them. You will never get the electricity out of the Sahara to useful places at a competitive cost, and you will never get Sahelians to buy food that costs 10 times as much as the food they produce themselves. It\\\’s a nice fantasy, and \\\”greening the desert\\\” is good to think with. But expect no practical solutions. What the small populations in the Sahel really need is micro-management of erosion and desertification, biochar soil enhancement, small reforestation efforts, irrigation infrastructures and water storage technologies. The EU has its \\\”Green Wall for the Sahara\\\” project (Google it), and there is DESERTEC (integrated with desalination and agriculture) to bring electricity from CSP to Europe, but these plans are decades old and too difficult to pull of because of political and social reasons. ...

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/sahara-forest-project/

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