| Boiling Point No. 28- August 1992 |
Charcoal Production and Pyrolysis Technologies
1991. Ed. P Thoresen, REUR Technical Series 20, FAO, Rome. 179p.
The report presents the proceedings from a symposium held in Roros, Norway, 23-25 October 1989. The report addresses the following aspects of charcoal sociological and economic aspects of using charcoal as a fuel, technological issues in production processes from basic technology to highly sophisticated, improvement of devices for use of charcoal. In a concluding chapter the report highlights the future potential of using charcoal as a substitute for fossil fuels.
For copies write to FAO Regional Office for Europe, Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy. Telex: 610181 FAO 1, Tel: 57971.
Epidemiological, Social and Technical Aspects of Indoor Air Pollution from Biomass Fuel
Report of a World Health Organization Consultation, June 1991
In 1991, a group of medical, social science and technical experts was invited by the World Health Organisation to consult on problems created by the use of biofuels. Wood, crop residues, animal dung and other forms of biomass which are used by approximately half the world's population as cooking and/or heating fuels. These are often used in poorly ventilated conditions leading to high exposures of health-threatening air pollution. The consultation aimed to provide guidance on how to improve understanding of these, and related, problems, and to implement appropriate solutions. The recommendations have recently been published by WHO and sent to all BP readers. Further copies available from WHO, Geneva.