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Rwanda taps 'explosive' methane lake for electricity supply

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Beneath the calm waters of Lake Kivu lie vast but deadly reserves of methane and carbon dioxide, which Rwanda is tapping both to save lives and provide a lucrative power source. Duration: 02:02 Video provided by AFP


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Clean Chemistry Nailing Down the Right Catalyst

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Huge Dam in Ethiopia Could Destroy Kenyan Lake

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