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Resolve to Breathe Better Air This Year

Posted by Ivey on December 29th, 2010

New Year's Celebration and a ClockAs the year draws close, most of us are reflecting on the past year and assessing what we would like to change or improve in the upcoming year. Most of the time, these changes focus on ways to be healthier and improve your quality of life, like losing weight, quitting smoking, or going to the gym more often. Instead of making the same resolutions year after year, try something new for 2011—improving the quality of your indoor air!

According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), indoor pollution levels can be two to five times higher than pollution levels outdoors. This increase in indoor pollution levels is even more shocking when you consider that Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time doors. The good thing about indoor air quality is that it is absolutely within your ability to dramatically improve it. Find out how you can improve your home's indoor air quality

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