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Black Carbon: The low-hanging fruit of climate change that keeps getting lower


“Reducing emissions from diesel engines and domestic wood and coal fires is a no-brainer, as there are tandem health and climate benefits,” says Professor Piers Forster of the University of Leeds’ School of Earth and Environment.

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NEWS: Why Energy Should Play a Crucial Role in Africa’s Development


By 2050… smoke from cooking fires will release about 7 billion tonnes of carbon in the form of greenhouse gases in Africa – that’s about 6 per cent of the total expected greenhouses from the continent. — Rwanda New Times

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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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NEWS: Clean cookstoves & better charcoal kilns: the new tools in the fight against Climate Change


A growing desire to explore non-CO2, GHG-emission-busting options opens the door for delivering efficient technologies and renewable fuels to fast growing parts of Africa and the world that are hungry for energy.

This should be sweet music to the ears of The Charcoal Project supporters who believe wood energy can be compatible with environmental conservation, GHG emissions reduction, and a source of renewable energy for low-carbon economic growth.

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