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Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Promotes Safer Cooking Solutions

Posted by Ivey on September 23rd, 2010

Women Use Clean CookstoveAccording to the Global Alliance for Cookstoves, 1.9 million people die each year from exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves and open fires—the primary cooking and heating method for almost 3 billion people in developing countries. Additionally, the reliance on fuels from natural resources creates severe personal security risks, especially for women and girls, as they search for wood in refugee camps and conflict zones. The use of cookstoves and indoor fires contributes to multiple chronic illnesses such as:

  • Childhood Pneumonia
  • Emphysema
  • Cataracts
  • Lung Cancer
  • Bronchitis
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Low Birth Weight

Plus, these cookstoves emit a range of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, along with aerosols like black carbon, which contributes to climate change.
Find out more about the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and how to keep your home safe