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.

 

 

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Globally, household air pollution is the source of 12% of ambient air pollution.

 

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In India and China as much as 30% of ambient air pollution is caused by household emissions.

 

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9 out of 10 people breathe air that does not comply with World Health Organization air quality guidelines.

 

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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.

 

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600,000 child deaths are linked to air pollution. 5 out of every 6 of these deaths are attributable to household air pollution.

 

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Household air pollution is a leading risk factor for noncommunicable diseases among the poor in developing countries.

 

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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.

 

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This has devastating effects on climate.

 


 

 

Up to 25% of black carbon emission come from burning solid fuels for household energy use.

 

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Black carbon is responsible for close to 20% of the planet's warming.

 

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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.

 

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Efficient stoves can reduce fuel use by 30-60%, providing benefits for health, the economy, and the climate.

 

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Changing how the world cooks will drastically reduce air pollution. It's time to invest in solutions that work.

 


 

 

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