Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bringing Clean Cookstoves to Developing Nations

A statistic:  3-billion people use polluting or inefficient cook stoves.  The consequence: "1.9 million premature deaths annually, with women and young children the most affected. Cookstove smoke contributes to a range of chronic illnesses and acute health impacts such as early childhood pneumonia, emphysema, cataracts, lung cancer, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, and low birth weight," according to Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves.

 The alliance is a " public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions."

A recent CNN report highlighted the dangers of unsafe cooking devices and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's action to help bring safer cookstoves to developing nations.

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