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Despite its ocean location near the equator, Aruba is the home to a semi-arid, desert-like climate. 1 The arid climate is good for cacti and other desert plants; much other vegetation has been destroyed by overgrazing. The northern Dutch islands are made up of mainly volcanic rock, but have a wide variety of flora and fauna because they receive more precipitation. Hurricanes and tropical storms are also more common in the northern islands. 2 The government is pursuing a higher dependency on renewable resources, such as wind and water, for energy. In 2014, renewable resources were used to produce 20% of the country’s energy, with the goal being 50% production by 2025. 3

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1http://www.aruba.com/things-to-do/nature-and-wildlife
2https://www.britannica.com/place/Netherlands-Antilles
3http://www.the-netherlands.org/binaries/content/assets/postenweb/v/verenigde_staten_van_amerika/the-royal-netherlands-embassy-in-washington-dc/import/doing_business/aruba-environmental-fact-sheet.pdf
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