Impacts of biomass fuel utilization on climate change and health

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Urban and rural communities in Africa and most notably in Ethiopia depend mainly on the use of traditional fuels like wood, dung, leaves, twigs, corncobs, charcoal and other biomass fuels. The use of these fuels has been leading to substantial air pollution problems increasing the emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and particulate matters. These gases pollute the breathing air of those persons who are near the fireplace. On the other hand, using various types of wood and dung cake for cooking purpose is not only harmful for health but it is one of the major causes of environmental pollution and energy crisis. Today the demand for cooking fuels, especially in urban areas, is advancing deforestation in hundreds of kilometers from the nearest city. Many of the poorest countries are severely deforested, at rates approaching 95% and even 98%; in Africa it is responsible for over 90% of the woody biomass harvested. This book outlines the impacts of biomass fuel utilization on human health in particular and our climate in general.


Kumlachew Asrie


Kumlachew G. Asrie was born on March 2,1980. He has got his B.A. in 2003, MSc in 2011 and MPH in 2013 from Addis Ababa, IGNOU and Debre Markos Universities respectively. He has been working in different international organization as program leader and independent researcher. He is now a research officer at International Livestock Research Institute

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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing


Biomass Fuel, Health, Climate change

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SCIENCE / General