Africa’s Low-Carbon Revolutionby The Daily Eye Team July 6 2015, 2:24 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 37 secs
Imagine you woke up tomorrow without access to modern energy. You have no refrigerator, cooking stove, or air conditioning. Your kids cannot do homework after sundown. You cannot charge your mobile phone. Welcome to the world of Africa?s unconnected ? and to a market failure that is destroying opportunities for development on an epic scale. Almost 150 years after Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, some 620 million Africans ? two-thirds of the region?s population ? live without access to electricity. An even greater number use biomass for cooking, with over 90% of people in rural Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique using straw, dung, and firewood. The resulting household air pollution contributes to 600,000 deaths annually ? half of them children under the age of five.