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Jamaica urged to use more renewable energy

Dr Paul Jury, associate professor in meteorology at the University of Puerto Rico, says the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind energy to generate electricity in larger Caribbean territories such as Jamaica and Puerto Rico, can go a far way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“These countries use gas to drive turbines to provide most of their electricity, which is not very sustainable,” said Jury, noting that as the price of gas goes up in 10-15-years, solar energy would become very competitive.

Rising temperatures and reduced rainfall across the Caribbean over the past 100 years are telltale signs of the negative impact of climate change on the region.

Jury says computer models have revealed a 10 per cent drop in rainfall, with a further 10 per cent fall predicted over the next 100 years.

“There is really no doubt that climate change has occurred,” said Jury, who specialises in climate and weather variability in the Caribbean.

“The rate of change is not necessarily going to accelerate, but it will just continue along its current course,” Jury said.

Jury, who was speaking recently at a climate-change seminar at the University of the West Indies, believes proper securing of water resources is vital in managing this change.

“We’ve seen where the temperatures have increased by two degrees Celsius over most of the Caribbean over the past 100 years, and the projections are for that to also continue,” said Jury.

He attributes the changes to the high standard of living in the industrialised world which depends heavily on burning fossil fuels for cars, transportation, and electricity production.

Source: Jamaica Gleaner

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