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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Water wars and Darfur

Once again, the lack of water is the cause of disaster. In Darfur, the lack of water, as well as the cutting of trees has rapidly caused environmental harm.

On the brighter side, the implementation of efficient stoves to make clay bricks has done some good:


In the Es Sallam camp next to El Fasher, a U.S. aid group, International Lifeline, has introduced a redesigned stove that uses up to 80 percent less wood. Nearly three-quarters of the camp's families now use the stoves, said Wahid Jahangiri, an Iranian who spent weeks in Es Sallam teaching women how to operate them.

"We started this as an environmental project and we're only beginning to realize the whole social and cultural impact it's having," said David Welf, the aid group's director.


You can read the whole article here.

ELMO

1 comment:

  1. Interesting concept...solving the world's problems through chemestry. Personally I don't see Darfur as a problem of chemestry but rather one of leadership (or lack thereof). What's really needed is a completely revamped United Nations. Specifically this:

    www.UnitedDemocraticNations.org

    That's my 2-cents. Put our trust in democracy.

    gary

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