The Future of Hydropower and Solutions for Declining Birth Rates

Hydropower represents one of the main forms of renewable energy globally. However, last year saw some unprecedented weather conditions which notably impacted hydropower, resulting in a record decrease in production. The diminishing was so distinct that it significantly influenced global emissions.

According to a recent report released by the International Energy Agency, total energy-related emissions saw an increase of just above 1% in 2023. Surprisingly, 40% of this increase can be attributed to the deficit in hydroelectric power.

Due to the unpredictability and instability of the weather as a result of climate change, it’s uncertain what the future holds for hydropower. Understanding the impacts of these changes could have wider implications for reaching global climate targets.

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Also, last October a conversation was held, exclusively for subscribers, about emerging reproductive technologies and their potential to counter the global decline in birth rates. In this enlightening discussion, Antonio Regalado, biotechnology editor, and Martín Varsavsky, the founder of Prelude Fertility, explored the causes and implications of declining birth rates around the world and highlighted what lab innovations can do to change that. For those who missed the session or are new subscribers, a recorded session is available.