Kevin Bae

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Renewable energy kills 700k people in sub-Saharan Africa every year

Ahhh the beauty of renewable fuel. It kills more people in sub-Saharan Africa than COVID-19 did in the U.S. and keeps half a billion Africans without electricity.

the greenest continent is Africa. Nearly half of its energy comes from renewables, mostly wood, dung, and cardboard burned for cooking and heating—which kills about 700,000 people a year in sub-Saharan Africa with indoor air pollution. More than half a billion Africans lack access to electricity.

Want to Lock Down for the Climate? – WSJ

Many countries around the world have limited access to clean energy sources, and nowhere is this more true than in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. In these 50 countries, 70% of the population use traditional cookstoves to burn wood. Not only does this cause air pollution, it also generates enormous quantities of ash, containing toxic substances including heavy metals and carcinogens.

Is wood ash a silent killer in sub-Saharan Africa? – Research Outreach