27 Sep '13, 1pm

The Inherent Opportunity in Today’s Energy Poverty Crisis

With last year being declared the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All by the United Nations (UN), much needed attention was brought to the once overlooked problem of energy poverty. The initiative highlighted the 1.4 billion people worldwide who still do not have access to modern energy and the plight of the 3 billion who rely on traditional biomass and coal as their main fuel sources. The World Bank estimates that every year fumes from open cooking fires kill about 4 million people (more than double the amount attributed to malaria or HIV/AIDS) and this is just the beginning of the burdens imposed by energy poverty. As the world becomes more technologically advanced, the gap between the energy poor and the developed world becomes increasingly unbridgeable making it even harder for those left behind to rise out of poverty. Needless to say, if the UN Millennium...

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