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Yale Project Examines Cookstove Adoption in India, One House at a Time


More than 3 billion people worldwide still rely on the burning of wood, plant matter and other waste materials for cooking and indoor warmth, emitting sooty pollution that causes an estimated 4 million premature deaths annually and exacerbates global climate change.

And while a variety of cleaner, low-cost cookstove alternatives have emerged over the last decade, adoption in many parts of the developing world remains slow.

Beginning this summer, a team of researchers led by Robert Bailis of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will conduct a three-year study to assess which cookstove technologies are most likely to be accepted by local communities in India, obstacles to their adoption, and the potential health and climate benefits of widespread use.

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