Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Solvable Problem of Energy Poverty

The Solvable Problem of Energy Poverty

Spread of Electricity Need Not Harm Climate, says UN Report

Traditional way of making the staple starch, enjera.

Respiratory illness from cooking on primitive stoves, like this one in Ethiopia, will be causing 4,000 premature deaths each year by 2030 if nothing is done to address the problem.

Photograph by Lynn Johnson, National Geographic

Marianne Lavelle

National Geographic News

Published September 21, 2010

This story is part of a special series that explores energy issues. For more, visit The Great Energy Challenge.

The United Nations’ goals for fighting extreme poverty—an effort being assessed at a summit this week in New York—will fall short unless nations also work to bring electricity and modern, safe cooking technology to the billions of “energy-poor” people around the globe, a new report says.

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