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Episode 36 | Changing the Way We Make Fire

Dean Still of Aprovecho talks to us about the history of Aprovecho and their work to improve cookstove technology.

Episode 36 | Changing the Way We Make Fire

About Aprovecho Research Center
Half the world still cooks with solid fuel such as wood and charcoal, leading to significant health, climate and safety issues. Women and children who spend hours near the hearth suffer inordinately. Indoor pollution causes pneumonia, chronic respiratory disease and lung cancer, killing 1.6 million annually. The very act of gathering materials to burn can expose women to rape, violence and even landmines in some areas. Further, burning wood and charcoal leads to deforestation and black carbon, contributing to climate change.

Aprovecho Research Center is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.


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