Indoor air pollution currently claims the lives of 1.5 million people a year worldwide, or one person every 20 seconds
Woman and children make up 85% of indoor air pollution deaths due to their increased exposure in the home.
Traditional cooking fires are the main cause of indoor air pollution. Day in and day out, for hours at a time, families breathe in lethal fumes from traditional cooking fires.
The use of modern fuel efficient cooking stoves, due to their higher combustion efficiency compared to traditional cooking techniques, significantly reduce harmful fumes and indoor air pollution, resulting in improved living conditions and health standards.
Many types of modern fuel efficient cooking stoves can be easily moved outdoors for use and indoors for storage further reducing the health risks.
“I’m not going to go to the villagers and say CO2 is rising, and in 50 years you might have floods,” said Dr. Ibrahim Rehman, Dr. Ramanathan’scollaborator at the Energy and Resources Institute. “I’ll tell her about the lungs and her kids and I know it will help with climate change as well.”