IEA: 'Sustainable development' unachievable amid energy poverty

A future that encompasses a global "sustainable development" cannot come to pass without a massive effort to make low-cost, conventional energy available to the world's poorest people.That was the case the International Energy Agency made at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development at Johannesburg, which concluded last month.In a new study, "Energy and Poverty," IEA found that a lack of electricity and a heavy reliance on traditional biomass—wood, agricultural waste, animal dung—for cooking and heating are hallmarks of poverty in developing countries. The study also concluded that any significant relief from energy poverty in the developing world will hav...

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