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06/02/2011

The environmental cost of charcoal

  

Charcoal is ubiquitous in Malawi; it's sold on the side of the road and used by most to cook. 

Trees harvested for charcoal are rapidly depleting and many are being urged to stop illegal charcoal burning and selling by environmentalists. They're warning that if the number of trees continues to decline, Malawians will soon be facing other problems such as soil erosion and access to water, which will strain agricultural production.In a country where most people are farmers, this is a devastating projection.

In this video, Malawian journalist, Earlene Chimoyo and Journalists for Human Rights reporter Denis Calnan investigate charcoal usage and the challenges in limiting its usage.

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