Monthly Archives: September 2010

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Clean-Burning Cookstoves for Developing Countries


Source: The New York Times, published Sept 28, 2010 To the Editor: Re “Developing Nations to Get Clean-Burning Cookstoves” (news article, Sept. 21): It is great news that the United States will provide $50 million to help provide clean-burning cookstoves for villages in Asia, Africa and South America. In addition to the appalling health risks (1.9 million deaths a year due to inhaling smoke from open fires) and the environmental devastation caused by cutting down trees for fuel, women and girls risk rape and sexual violence when they gather wood to cook or sell. This is particularly true in refugee camps … Continue reading

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Can biomass energy efficiency result in increased biomass fuel consumption?


One of the most curious facts about energy is that economies use more of it even as they use it more efficiently. This strikes us as strange because many of us have heard that making cars, buildings, and factories more energy efficient is the key to cheaply and quickly reducing energy consumption, and thus pollution.

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PCIA meeting in Lima, Peru, is the place to be for clean cookstove community


5th Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Forum (PCIA)

What do you get when you gather the world’s leading household energy and health experts and offer them five days of dynamic workshops, technical presentations and stories from successful programs around the world?

Unexpected connections. Extraordinary insights. Powerful advancements.

  • 1 day kick-off event, Monday, February 21, 2011:
    Learn about the government of Peru’s national stove campaign.
  • 5-day Biennial Forum, February 22-26, 2011:
    Join us to address topics including stove performance standards and testing, monitoring and evaluation, carbon financing, expanded commercial markets, recent research outcomes, community engagement and much more.

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A Global Alliance worth supporting


Unlike, say, malaria or HIV/AIDS which require relatively straightforward interventions (bedding nets or retrovirals), albeit on a massive scale, deploying cookstoves in the volumes proposed by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a huge endeavor considering the stoves must be tailored for individual markets (think of all the different cuisines and cultures in China and India alone). Clearly, a “one-size-fits-all” approach will not work for better cookstoves.

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The Charcoal Project welcomes Board member, Rogerio Carneiro de Miranda


The Charcoal Project wishes to welcome Rogerio Carneiro de Miranda as the newest member of The Charcoal Project’s Board of Advisors.

This week’s announcement is an especially sweet moment for Rogerio who has dedicated a lifetime to improved cookstoves and biomass energy solutions.

“The visibility — and expectations — for clean cookstoves has never been higher,” says Rogerio.

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