case study: energy use in an LEDC- Mali

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development facts

  • land locked
  • 65% is desert/semi desert- threatened by drought and desertification
  • people rely on environment for fishing, farming and energy sources
  • population 12million grwoing by 3% each year

energy mix

  • 80% energy from biomass fuels (firewood/charcoal) leads to deforestation as it uses 50million tons of forest each year
  • no natural resources of its own rely on imports of petroleum which is expensive and increases cost of electricity

energy issues

  • other forms of energy such as kerosene lamps and car batteries nbot efficient and exepensive
  • deforestation rate to high to be…


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