The Briquette Press
Continental Drift Blog March 17 2006
Aside from water supply and potability, sustainable fuel sources for household cleaning and cooking are one of the largest issues facing the third world. Fuels are typically derived from wood, contributing significantly to global deforestation, erosion, and desertification. Smoke inhalation from wood and fuel sources such as yak dung contribute significantly to respiratory illnesses, especially in children. Half the world’s 2 billion fuel wood users face fuel shortages – as a result many families in the third world may spend up to 70% of their day collecting wood for fuel reducing the amount of time available for subsistence farming or working a job. See blog . . .