Ending Energy Poverty in Africa Key to Combating Climate Change

Africa has the world's highest per capita wood fuel consumption, and the burning of wood and other solid fuels is the second most significant contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide, as well as a cause of serious health problems and ongoing forest destruction. In an AllAfrica guest column, Abdul Tejan-Cole describes efforts to end energy poverty in west Africa's Mano River region.

For most Africans, burning charcoal and wood provides the sole source of energy. However, as these fires burn, black carbon and smoke accelerate climate change and are a source of serious health problems and a cause of ongoing forest destruction.

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