Monday, July 27, 2015

Scientist from Columbia University about climate change in Central Asia

Climate change may promote cooperation in Central Asia because it will pressure countries to find solutions.  Central Asian republics differ from each other not only in adaptation techniques but also in mitigation issues.
Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are producers of natural gas, which is an energy source with significant greenhouse gas emissions – not as serious as the ones associated with oil, but serious nonetheless. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan produce hydropower, a renewable source of energy. And solar power – also a renewable – has tremendous potential in the region. Regional conflicts over water in Central Asia are unlikely to take place but it could be more a matter of instability within the states. An inefficient water distribution system in Uzbekistan, which allocates water between the Fergana Valley and the cotton regions further west, should become a priority. Read more at