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A FORMER FRENCH colony, Chad has a land area of 495,753 sq. mi. (1,284,000 sq. km.), with a population of 10,146,000 (2005 est.), and a population density of 20.4 people per sq. mi. (7.9 people per sq. km.). Although 85 percent of the people work in agriculture, only three percent of the land is arable; a further 36 percent of land is used for pasture, much of it with extremely poor soil. Some 26 percent of the country is forested, and this has lessened the already extremely low carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Its per capita emission rate is 0.01 metric tons per person, the second lowest rate in the world, only slightly more than Somalia.

All of Chad's CO2 emissions come from liquid fuels. The country ...

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