"Developing Nations to Get Clean-Burning Stoves"

"Nearly three billion people in the developing world cook their meals on primitive indoor stoves fueled by crop waste, wood, coal and dung. Every year, according to the United Nations, smoke from these stoves kills 1.9 million people, mostly women and children, from lung and heart diseases and low birth weight.

The stoves also contribute to global warming  as a result of the millions of tons of soot they spew into the atmosphere and the deforestation caused by cutting down trees to fuel them

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to announce a significant commitment to a group working to address the problem, with a goal of providing 100 million clean-burning stoves to villages in Africa, Asia and South America by 2020. The United States is providing about $50 million in seed money over five years for the project, known as the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves."

John M. Broder reports for the New York Times September 20, 2010.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010