Monthly Archives: February 2012

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NEWS: United States Creates New Climate Change Coalition


We anticipate that this news will have important implications for the clean cookstove and efficient charcoal production industry in the developing world. This item comes to us via EESI. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the formation of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, a coalition of nations to curb climate change and reduce air pollution by reducing short-lived pollutants. In conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme, the United States, Bangladesh, Canada, Mexico, Sweden and Ghana are launching a global drive to curb black carbon (soot), methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). “We know that in … Continue reading

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Forests must be on the Rio+20 agenda


According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in some parts of Africa woodfuels account for almost 90 per cent of primary energy consumption.

Scientists believe that deforestation across the Horn of Africa, particularly for firewood harvest, has been a major contributor to the pervasive drought in the region.

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VIDEO: The Business of Charcoal in Dar es Salaam, TZ.


This is the trailer to a short documentary on the charcoal sector in Africa portraying the specific example of the city of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. The film was published jointly by the World Bank and the Government of Tanzania in August 2009.

We featured the longer version of this film in a post back in August.

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PCIA Webinar: WBT and Controlled Cooking Tests in Rwanda, Laos and Bangladesh


Are you interested in learning more about stove performance field-testing? Do you want to know how fuel efficiency and emissions test results correlate between lab and field studies in Rwanda, Laos and Bangladesh?

If so, register today for the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air’s (PCIA) webinar titled “WBT and Controlled Cooking Tests in Rwanda, Laos and Bangladesh” on March 13, 2012. This is the fifth in a series of PCIA webinars devoted to stove performance testing.

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NEWS: Uganda: Charcoal Boon is a Bust for Forests


According to the Uganda National Environment Management Authority, pressure on land, water, forest and biological resources has dramatically increased to meet the needs of a growing population, leading to a loss of 76 percent of the country’s forest cover.

Geoffrey Oryema, the district leader of Nwoya, said poverty and lack of a meaningful livelihood source were the driving factors for environmental destruction.

“What do you expect somebody in the village without money to pay for his needs such as soap, salt, medicine and food to do?” Oryema said. “People are struggling to find alternatives to survive.”

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