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Cacti and other iconic desert plants threatened by solar development

Phys.org/news (JULY 20, 2020 )

Titre : Cacti and other iconic desert plants threatened by solar development

With their tough skins, pointy armor and legendary stamina, cacti are made to defend themselves from whatever nature throws at them.

Phys.org/news (JULY 20, 2020 )

Présentation
Solar energy is a key strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the threats of climate change. But like any development, where it’s sited affects its overall environmental sustainability. But large solar energy facilities are one threat that cacti weren’t built to withstand, according to a study by the University of California, Davis.

The study, published July 20 in the journal Nature Sustainability, chronicles the impacts of ground-mounted solar energy development in the Mojave Desert on native plants and their cultural significance to indigenous tribes in the region.

For the study, the scientists measured the impact of solar development decisions on desert plants at Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, one of the world’s largest concentrating solar power plants. They found negative impacts on the desert scrub plant community, including plants of cultural significance to 18 indigenous tribes. For the study, the scientists measured the impact of solar development decisions on desert plants at Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, one of the world’s largest concentrating solar power plants. They found negative impacts on the desert scrub plant community, including plants of cultural significance to 18 indigenous tribes.

Source  : UC Davis

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