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Cooking Up Clean Air in Africa

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Woman cooking over an open fire

Cooking over an open fire: it may lead to air pollution and human health effects.

Credit: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves


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Basic cookstoves in African countries such as Ghana are linked with poor air quality, human health risks and climate change.

Credit: National Science Foundation

 

Map of Africa showing the "meningitis belt" stretching from Gambia through Ghana to Eritre

The "meningitis belt" stretches across Africa from The Gambia through Ghana to Eritrea.

Credit: CDC


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Photo of pots and pans used for outdoor cooking.

Scientists are measuring indoor air pollution from traditional cooking setups.

Credit: NCAR


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Villagers and researchers talk about the benefits of more efficient cookstoves.

Villagers and researchers talk about the benefits of more efficient cookstoves.

Credit: NCAR


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Scientist showing local Ghanian woman how to use a new cookstove.

In many communities in Ghana, scientists are introducing new cookstoves.

Credit: NCAR


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The new EZY stove using millet stalks as fuel is tested for emissions in a lab.

A lab tests emissions from the new EZY stove using millet stalks as fuel.

Credit: Gavin McMeeking


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