Lilongwe — Impoverished villagers are hacking down Malawi's forests to make charcoal, undeterred by government efforts to confiscate the dirty fuel as a power deficit stokes demand.

At least 67 percent of the country's 8,500 brick kilns are running without the permission of the Department of Environment, said Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) at a press conference yesterday.

Residential heating with wood and coal is an important source of ambient (outdoor) air pollution; it can also cause substantial indoor air pollution through either direct exposure or infiltration from outside.

The new rules for the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry sector under the Kyoto Protocol recognized the importance of Harvested Wood Products (HWP) in climate change mitigation. The researchers used the Tier 2 method proposed in the 2013 IPCC KP Supplement to estimate emissions and removals from HWP from 1990 to 2030 in EU-28 countries with three future harvest scenarios (constant historical average, and +/−20% in 2030).

Over half of all wood harvested worldwide is used as fuel, supplying ~9% of global primary energy. By depleting stocks of woody biomass, unsustainable harvesting can contribute to forest degradation, deforestation and climate change. However, past efforts to quantify woodfuel sustainability failed to provide credible results. The researchers present a spatially explicit assessment of pan-tropical woodfuel supply and demand, calculate the degree to which woodfuel demand exceeds regrowth, and estimate woodfuel-related greenhouse-gas emissions for the year 2009.

Rawalpindi - As the un-availability of natural gas marred the lives of people in chilly weather, the logger mafia is out on the dangerous mission of stealing woods from forests illegally and to sel

At least 82 brick fields, out of 150, in the Lakshmipur district are operating without the approval of the administration. They also did not follow any guideline while being set up.

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet on Monday decided to lift the over two decades long ban on forest harvesting besides managing forests along scientific lines in line with a working plan mad

For years, wood and charcoal were the most common source of energy for cooking, but it requires cutting down trees which causes deforestation.

The export quotas for 2014 were updated for Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Peru, Romania and Uganda on 25 September 2014.

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