THE REPUBLIC OF Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean, has a land area of 787 sq. mi. (1,860 sq. km.), a population of 1,262,000 (2006 est.), and a population density of 1,564 people per sq. mi. (616 people per sq. km.). About 49 percent of the country is arable, with a further 3 percent used for meadow and pasture. An additional 31 percent of the island is wooded, with extensive forest plantations.

Regarding electricity production in the country, 91 percent of it comes from fossil fuels, with the remaining 9 percent from hydropower. In 1990, Mauritius had a per capita carbon dioxide emission rate of 1.4 metric tons per person, rising to 2.6 metric tons per person by 2003. Ninety percent of these emissions come from ...

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