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Saving Lives While Cooking Lunch

Traditional cooking stoves burn fuel and produce a lot of smoke which is a major cause of pollution, leading to problems locally for the people using the stoves and also globally as a probable cause of retreating glaciers. According to the World Health Organisation, four million people worldwide die each year from smoke pollution generated by cooking over open fires. In global terms this makes smoke a bigger killer than malaria. One project by the charity Practical Action aims to alleviate these problems by developing a more efficient stove that produces less hazardous smoke and can generate electricity too.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 24, Issue 3.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.


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