Rabat – According to a report by the High Commission for Planning (HCP) published on January 7, based on a 2016 study on “the perception of the reality of the environment in Morocco,” 93 percent of Moroccans noted changes in climate.
The percentage of Moroccans who noted the negative changes in the past few years was only a fraction of a percent difference between those who live in urban versus rural areas. Of urban Moroccans, 92.5 perceived changes, compared to 92.4 percent who live in rural areas.
Thirty-seven percent of the study’s interviewees noticed a significant rise in temperatures, with 32 percent noting shifting seasons such as early springs and shorter winters, and 25 percent noting recurring droughts.
The study results reflect a 2014 study by the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water, and Environment which indicated that the North African country’s regions known for their “semi-arid” climate regressed to an “arid” climate.
“Morocco is distinguished by four types of climate: Humid, sub-humid, semi-arid and arid,” the study emphasized.
What is Morocco doing about climate change?
Morocco is making progressive efforts to limit the effects of global warming.
The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) recently assessed 32 countries and listed Morocco among the countries that invested “impressive” efforts and made “clear progress” in curbing the damaging effects of climate change.
Second only to Sweden, the North African country also became the best-performing country in the 2019 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI).
Morocco has the world’s largest solar project, the “Noor Solar Project” which consists of four solar plants: Noor I, Noor II, Noor III, and Noor IV.
The Noor I plant “is expected to offset 240,000 [tons] a year of CO2 emissions,” while “the Noor II and Noor III plants combined will help offset 533,000 [tons] of CO2 emissions a year,” according to Power Technology.