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What Barack Obama, The Oscars, And Charcoal Have In Common


“Rather than ignoring reality, a far more pragmatic approach is needed to reduce the impact of charcoal on our forests and our climate. This means taking a holistic look at both the supply and demand side of the equation,” explains Anne Wheldon of Ashden.

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NEWS: Kenya urges move to plant trees for charcoal


It’s encouraging to hear the head of the Kenya Forestry Service call for the planting of trees for wood energy and other products. That’s exactly the right call. We would however want to make certain that his call to plant trees on agricultural lands does not come at the expense of food production. Food security must remain a priority. Luckily there are ways to do both and do them well. — The Charcoal Project Encourage commercial logging to grow Kenya’s forest cover – report Source: AlertNet Mon, 5 Nov 2012 19:10 GMT By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (AlertNet) – Kenya should … Continue reading

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VIDEOS: Can Clean Cookstoves and Energy Poverty go viral


To support this goal, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves came out a few weeks ago with several videos that have been in the making for some time now. (The first four videos on the Alliance’s YouTube channel are the ones in question. And, yes, Julia Roberts does appear in most of them!)

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Rio+20: What he said


From an OpEd in The National Review re: Rio+20: “The inability of billions of humans to meet their fundamental needs, including access to clean water and sanitation, nutrition, basic health care, housing, and education, mean an inability to protect the environment. The anticipated Sustainable Development Goals (to replace Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015) need to facilitate and not hinder ways in which all people can and should meet these basic needs. Fortunately, this is in line with protecting the environment, too.  With those needs met, each person will have the ability and responsibility to engage in environmentally friendly practices. “

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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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