- Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Improving Environmental Degradation
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- Daniel M Kammen
- Two billion people worldwide depend primarily on wood for their energy needs, while biomass burning leads to deforestation and contributes up to 40 per cent of the global emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Incomplete biomass combustion presents a serious health hazard in developing nations, and is firmly linked to acute respiratory infections (ARI), particularly in children, and results in an estimated 4.3 million deaths per year. Indoor air pollution is also linked to pulmonary disorders, including lung cancer, complications associated with pregnancy, eye infections and often, serious bums. In the face of population pressure and a global demand for energy expected to more than double in 20 years, the preservation of regional ecosystems and the global environment necessitates a change of strategy.
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