Monday, October 04, 2010

New Cookstove Alliance

There's a new program that brings environmentally-safe and non-toxic cooking stoves to the under-developed world. Did you know that indoor air pollution is the fourth greatest health risk factor in developing countries? Can you guess the other three? Unclean water and sanitation, unsafe sex, and undernourishment. Yup, you got it!

There has been little focus on replacing these cookstoves in the past. Stoves that are coming on the market for as little as $20 are 50% more efficient than the current cooking methods which are often open fires or crude clay domes. A more expensive model ($100) can capture 95% of the harmful emissions and use the same amount of energy while burning far less fuel.

-Shereen Alibhai

SOURCE: & NY Times