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Drawdown Ecochallenge: Clean Cookstoves

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Portland

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Throughout the world, some 3 billion people prepare meals each day over an open flame or rudimentary stove, releasing black carbon (soot) and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and harming human health.  Thousands of varieties of cleaner burning cookstoves are now available, and Project Drawdown  estimates that the widespread adoption of these stoves is the 23rd most powerful strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  

The five stories in this collection (see below) illustrate a diversity of responses to this environmental and human health challenge, including how three women entrepreneurs in Mali are using solar energy to power clean cookstoves, and how a for-profit, social benefit company in Rwanda has rolled out a business model where customers buy the fuel (pellets) and receive the stove for free.  Finally, Undercooked: An Expensive Push to Save Lives and Protect the Planet Falls Short critically examines the global clean cookstove movement and suggests strategies for how it might achieve greater success.  

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Stories In This Collection (5)

Smoke and Mirrors: Inside Malawi's untold health crisis

Smoke and Mirrors: Inside Malawi's untold healt...
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Undercooked: An Expensive Push to Save Lives and Protect the Planet Falls Short

Undercooked: An Expensive Push to Save Lives an...
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Can these 'stovers' finally crack the clean cooking problem?

Can these 'stovers' finally crack the clean coo...
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How 3 Women Are Changing The World With Solar Energy

How 3 Women Are Changing The World With Solar E...
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Illegal logging in Malawi: can clean cooking stoves save its forests?

Illegal logging in Malawi: can clean cooking st...
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