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The Urban Household Energy Transition : Social and Environmental Impacts in the Developing World (Resources for the Future) [Paperback]

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"Given the desperate need for broader access to energy services, the topic of this book is highly relevant. Its heavy reliance on data-intensive analysis is welcome, and its treatment is comprehensive in its investigation of different geographic regions, fuels, and existing policies."---Sivan Kartha, Stockholm Environment Institute
"A very thorough, useful, and interesting piece of work that will be a defining piece in the field. Its most significant contribution is the consolidation of a set of data on a topic that is once again rising in the policy spotlight. The authors have collected critical information and presented it well so that others may use this for policy purposes for decades to come."---Jesse C. Ribot, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
As cities in developing countries grow and become more prosperous, energy use shifts from fuelwood to fuels like charcoal, kerosene and coal, and, ultimately, to fuels such as liquid petroleum gas, and electricity. Energy use is not usually considered a socio-economic issue. Yet, as this book demonstrates, the movement away from traditional fuels has a strong social class dimension, as poor people are the last to attain the benefits of using modern energy. The result is that health risks from the continued use of wood fuel fall most heavily on the poor, and indoor pollution from wood stoves has its greatest effect on women and children who cook and spend much more of their time indoors.
Barnes, Krutilla, and Hyde provide the first worldwide assessment of the energy transition as it occurs in urban households, drawing upon data collected by the World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP). From 1984-2000, the program conducted over 25,000 household surveys in 45 cities spanning 12 countries and 3 continents. Additionally, GIS mapping software was used to compile a biomass database of vegetation patterns surrounding 34 cities. Using this rich set of data, the authors describe problems and policy options associated with each stage in the energy transition. The authors show how the poorest are most vulnerable to changes in energy markets and demonstrate how the collection of biomass fuel contributes to deforestation. Their book serves as an important contribution to development studies, and as a guide for policymakers hoping to encourage sustainable energy markets and an improved quality of life for growing urban populations.

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2005
Publisher   Resources for the Future
ISBN  1933115076  
ISBN13  9781933115078  

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