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Africa's Energy Future, Feb. 9

The Earth Institute presents a lecture on Africa's energy future by Daniel M. Kammen. A professor in the Energy and Resources Group and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, Kammen will outline a set of future energy scenarios for Africa and explore how integrated forest and household energy management dramatically impact illness, forest loss and greenhouse gas emissions.

Biomass fuels -- wood, charcoal, dung and agricultural residues -- are vital to basic welfare and economic activity in developing nations, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. They meet more than 90 percent of household energy needs in many African nations. But biofuel use results in emissions of greenhouse gases and a mixture of pollutants that currently cause more than 1.6 million annual deaths globally from respiratory diseases. Roughly 400,000 of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Population growth and urbanization are expected to dramatically increase biomass use in the region over the next several decades. Without policy intervention, pressure on biomass resources, which in many areas are not managed sustainably, will intensify. These findings reveal an opportunity to address many of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals at exceptionally low cost and with a high degree of effectiveness, as has been demonstrated in several real-world pilot efforts.

The lecture will be held on Feb. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.in the Kellogg Conference Center, on the 15 th floor of the International Affairs Building, 116 St. and Amsterdam Ave. For more information, contact the Earth Institute Events Office at events@ei.columbia.edu.

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Published: Feb 09, 2005
Last modified: Feb 08, 2005

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