Interlinkages of household energy with the environment

Interlinkages of household energy with the environment
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Grant Ballard-Tremeer
This article describes some of the links between household energy use in less developed countries and potential environmental problems. By solving these problems in an integrated way, problems can be reduced and solved more effectively.

In a dictionary, the word environment is defined as 'surroundings especially as affecting people's lives; conditions or circumstances of living.' This makes clear the connection between physical conditions and human activity. There are three aspects to consider:

* social behaviour; the way people act and affect their surroundings
* physical nature; the way the physical world responds to human influences
* values; what society thinks of the effect

For example, air pollution is a problem because:

* humans burn fuels that emit gases
* natural forces (air movement, wind etc) cannot disperse the emissions adequately
* exposure to the gases is harmful and people recognise the health problems from exposure

Because there are three parts to the problem, people from different backgrounds (economists, engineers, ecologists, sociologists, health workers) and different stakeholders (government, communities, non-governmental organisations) need to co-operate to analyse and solve environmental problems. The first step in a co-ordinated (integrated) approach is to define the problem carefully.
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