The Asian Development Bank is to provide an additional US$2 million to encourage the Burmese Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to harness renewable energy sources. The technical assistance project will provide access and investment plans for renewable energy, as well as demonstrate the implementation process through the construction of small solar and biomass power generators. …
Climate change will bring soaring temperatures, more intense storms, erratic rainfall, plummeting crop yields and a collapse of coral reefs to the Asia-Pacific unless countries fully implement their commitments under the Paris climate pact, scientists say, calling the challenges “unprecedented.”
Coal would be one of the quickest ways to ramp up power generation, but the option is unpopular in Burma.
Generators are expensive. Pact says one hour of diesel power in rural Burma costs roughly the same as 24 hours of power in Rangoon.
Perspectives on Burma’s waterways have been polarised into two competing positions: focusing on developing its vast hydropower potential and advocating for local communities’ needs and concerns.
A coalition of 422 civil society and environmental groups are calling on the government to halt all proposed coal and large-scale hydropower projects, citing a raft of negative impacts on vulnerable local communities.