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  • Study: Large-scale wind and solar farms in the Sahara would increase heat, rain, vegetation

    Yan Li and his colleagues found that a massive wind and solar installation in the Sahara Desert could have beneficial climatic and ecological effects.

    Using a new climate-modeling approach, U. of I. postdoctoral researcher Yan Li and his colleagues found that a massive wind and solar installation in the Sahara Desert could have beneficial climatic and ecological effects.

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Yan Li, email yanli0@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Climate model shows large-scale wind and solar farms in the Sahara increase rain and vegetation” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. Authors are: Yan Li, Eugenia Kalnay, Safa Motesharrei, Jorge Rivas, Fred Kucharski, Daniel Kirk-Davidoff, Eviatar Bach and Ning Zeng.

    DOI: 10.1126/science.aar5629