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Scientists May Have Found a Way to Make the Sahara Green Scientists May Have Found a Way to Make the Sahara Green

Scientists May Have Found a Way to Make the Sahara Green

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It may be known as the world’s largest hot desert, but the Sahara could soon feature lush vegetation and plenty of rain. It will all be courtesy of solar and wind farms the size of Canada, generating enough energy to actually increase the temperature in the region by 1-2 degrees Celsius. Once natural vegetation is in place, even more cooling will take place, a recent study found.

A team of scientists were able to simulate the effects that 79 terawatts of solar panels would create, combined with 3 terawatts of wind turbines. They found that such a system would increase precipitation by 1.12 millimeters per day, which meant 16 more inches of rain per year. For the driest parts of the Sahara, that’s 16 times more than what those areas normally see.

In addition to increasing vegetation that would cool things down a little, these solar and wind farms would also help the planet. The effects would also build upon themselves, which means that once vegetation was in place, it would encourage even more rainfall, naturally changing the climate of the region. The team found that although these are profound effects for the Sahara, they’re limited specifically to that area. The same setup in different desert areas would have only minimal impact.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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