LOCATED IN THE Pacific, east of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands have a land area of 11,157 sq. mi. (28,896 sq. km.), covering 249,000 sq. nautical ml, with a population of 496,000 (2006 est.) and a population density of 43 people per sq. mi. (17 people per sq. km.). Only 1 percent of the land is arable, with a further 1 percent being used for meadows and pasture and 91 percent of the country forested, although a massive timber industry is resulting in heavy deforestation.

The entire electricity production in the country is from fossil fuels, with liquid fuels making up the entire carbon dioxide emissions from the country. Because the country is largely undeveloped, the per capita carbon dioxide emissions rate is low, being ...

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