Kivu is one of the world’s most explosive lakes. If its gases were suddenly released, the explosion could be “the biggest catastrophe humankind has experienced,” perhaps suffocating or incinerating the 2m people who live on the shore
Rwanda’s KivuWatt project generates electricity from the methane and carbon dioxide stored in the lake. But if Western governments continue to withhold aid, which accounts for 40% of Rwanda’s budget, this and many other initiatives will grind to a halt.

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