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Issue 49

Forest, fuel and food


We tackle one of the major problems facing humanity and, as always in Boiling Point, we try to provide positive ideas for improving the lives of people living in poverty. These include: ways to improve forestry resources; reducing the need for heating; increasing the efficiency of stoves and using residues to replace woodfuel. There are two excellent case studies which show how policy must be reflected in practice for initiatives to succeed. As the international community moves towards advocating fossil fuel for health improvements, another key issue addressed deals with the threats to the livelihoods of those employed in biomass provision. This edition concludes with two very human issues; the cost of using biomass in terms of health and the importance of disaggregating household energy information by gender when making decisions.

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Theme editorial: forests fuel and food

Authors: Liz Bates
The ‘environment’ has a number of meanings. The ‘global environment’ conjures up an atmosphere increasingly affected by globally polluting gases – a consequence of the growing demand for energy.... [more]

General Article

Sustainable commercial firewood: the role of Forest Replacement Associations in Brazil and Nicaragua

Authors: Rogerio Miranda, Stuart Conway, Afranio Cesar Migliari
A frequently asked question in the developing world is ‘How can we finance reforestation for rural farmers, without international aid?’ In the developing world, reforestation is usually needed to... [more]

Super-insulated housing for Northern Asia

Authors: Zhu Qing Yan, Kelly Lerner
With over 1.3 billion people and growing, China is actively seeking ways to reduce pollution, promote energy efficiency and use renewable resources. Aiming to improve people’s lives while at the... [more]

Insulative Ceramics For Improved Cooking Stoves

Authors: Dean Still, Margaret Pinnell, Damon Ogle, Brad van Appel

Implementing policy decisions to conserve forest reserves in Tazania - a case study

Authors: Bariki K Kale
Tanzania is a country famous for its natural and cultural heritage. It has an expansive variety of ecosystems containing some of the world’s richest and most diverse plant and animal communities.... [more]

Fuelling Development

Authors: Richard Stanley
Fuelwood is a serious issue in many developing nations. Internationally, traditional forest resources are being reduced faster than they are being replanted. Substantial energy can be obtained... [more]

Participatory approach for linking rural energy transitions and developmental needs in Uttar Pradesh

Authors: Malini Ranganathan, Rakesh Prasad, PB Singh
Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh, the fourth largest state in India, is a culturally and geographically diverse region, with dense forests, meadows, perennial rivers, and fertile soil. The... [more]

Decentralised household energy planning for selected villages in India

Authors: Chetan Kumar
This article is based on a household survey conducted in selected villages located near the forest area of Haryana Shivalik, India. The state of Haryana, which is located in the north-western part... [more]

Livelihoods in the urban biomass sector - realities and threats

Authors: Hannah Isaac
This article is an output from a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the
benefit of developing countries. The views expressed are not necessarily... [more]

Toll on Human Resources due to lack of Energy, Water, Sanitation and their Health Impacts in Rural North India

Authors: Jyoti K. Parikh, Vijay Laxmi, Shyam Karmakar and Pramod Dabrase

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