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What is COP-26 and why is it important for women and youth to have a voice in climate change mitigation?

What is COP? For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘ Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority. This year will be the 26th annual summit, giving it the name COP26. With the UK as President, COP26 takes place in Glasgow. COP21 took place in Paris in 2015. For the first time ever, something momentous happened: every country agreed to work together to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees, to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate and to make money available to deliver on these aims. The Paris Agreement was born.  The commitment to aim for 1.5 degrees is important because every fraction of a degree of warming will result in many more lives lost and livelihoods damaged. Under the Paris Agreement, countries committed to bring forward national plans setting out how much they wou
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First Impressions - How can we responsibly introduce ourselves to the relevant networks while pursuing opportunities on social media?

Whilst social media is a powerful tool that can be used to network and create/pursue opportunities to advance our careers, if used incorrectly, it could be the reason why we keep missing opportunities that we seek. In the recent past, I have received several messages on social media from all over the world from engineering students, technicians and graduate engineers seeking opportunities within the engineering space and more specifically in electricity access  in Africa   There’s an astounding amount of global talent in the engineering field    and I saw young passionate individuals writing to me but not knowing exactly how to communicate. I believe the simplest things make us memorable. Paying attention to detail is an important part of first impressions. Ensuring your spelling is right and that you are straight to the point gives the reader the idea that you are serious and certain about your goal and will most definitely get their attention. These are some of the considerations I u

Step-by-step design of a Solar PV System

The recently concluded Micro Grid Academy (MGA) training saw over seventy energy experts across the African continent trained on decentralised renewables against Covid-Operation and Maintenance. One of the most impactful take-homes for me was:   “ Design is not about the deliverables; design is a way of thinking”   In this post, I will break down the steps required in designing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system.   Solar photovoltaic system or Solar power system is one of renewable energy system which uses PV modules to convert sunlight into electricity. The electricity generated can be either stored or used directly, fed back into grid line or combined with one or more other electricity generators or more renewable energy source. Solar PV system is very reliable and clean source of electricity that can suit a wide range of applications such as residence, industry, agriculture, livestock, etc. If you are still reading at this point, I just want to reiterate just how much I miss creative