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Africa’s Burning Issue: Charcoal and the loss of forest

Geoff Hill is a Zimbabwean writer working across Africa. In this paper, he explains why reliable energy for Africa is the only way to address the problem of deforestation.

“In Africa, an area the size of Switzerland is cleared of forest every year, with an estimated 90% of the wood used for cooking or to heat the home… There is a need for reliable energy, and at a price local people can afford. Without this, the forest will continue to fall and, ultimately, vanish.”

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