Cooking and Air Pollution
Save the Children report: Fighting for Breath: A call to action on childhood pneumonia
Nearly 3 billion people rely on open fires and traditional stoves to cook their food. These stoves emit massive amounts of air pollution inside homes.
But this pollution doesn't stay indoors.
Globally, household air pollution is the source of 12% of ambient air pollution.
In India and China as much as 30% of ambient air pollution is caused by household emissions.
9 out of 10 people breathe air that does not comply with World Health Organization air quality guidelines.
This has devastating effects on health.
Close to 7 million air pollution related deaths occur each year. More than half of these are attributable to household air pollution.
600,000 child deaths are linked to air pollution. 5 out of every 6 of these deaths are attributable to household air pollution.
Household air pollution is a leading risk factor for noncommunicable diseases among the poor in developing countries.
This has devastating effects on economics.
Air pollution costs the world economy $5 trillion a year, nearly half of these losses are due to household air pollution.
This has devastating effects on climate.
Up to 25% of black carbon emission come from burning solid fuels for household energy use.
Black carbon is responsible for close to 20% of the planet's warming.
An essential solution: clean cookstoves and fuels.
Cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels can significantly reduce household air pollution, and in turn, outdoor air pollution.
Efficient stoves can reduce fuel use by 30-60%, providing benefits for health, the economy, and the climate.
Changing how the world cooks will drastically reduce air pollution. It's time to invest in solutions that work.