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Ecuador is literally powerless in the face of drought

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Ecuador faces severe power shortages as drought diminishes hydroelectric power generation
• President Daniel Noboa declared a 60-day state of emergency in April
• Residents endure daily power cuts, taking cold showers, and restaurants operate by candlelight to preserve food

🔭 The context: Ecuador's hydroelectric plants, which supply nearly 80% of the country's electricity, are crippled by drought
• Climate change has led to unpredictable weather patterns, making hydroelectric power less reliable
• Countries like the US, China, and Brazil, which rely on hydropower, face similar challenges as rainfall variability increases

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Hydropower is the world's largest source of renewable energy
• It is increasingly being threatened by climate change
• Declining water levels in reservoirs globally impact energy production. Ecuador’s crisis highlights the urgent need for sustainable water management and alternative energy sources to combat climate-induced power shortages

⏭️ What's next: Ecuador must diversify its energy mix to include more renewable sources like wind and solar
• Effective water management strategies and grid modernization are essential to cope with future climate challenges
• Increased private investment in renewable energy infrastructure is critical for rapid adaptation

💬 One quote: “Phenomena that are impacting hydropower generation, they are playing out all around the world” (David Michel, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies)

📈 One stat: A 2023 study in Nature revealed that the amount of water in reservoirs worldwide is decreasing by about 1% annually

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