Category Archives: Health


PHOTO ESSAY: How Manila’s slum-dwellers eek out a charcoal living

This being the UN-declared Year of Sustainable Energy for All, we hope policy-makers and all those pushing for clean fuels in the developing world will look into the eyes of this little girl and remember that solar and wind are not the only solutions. The world needs clean charcoal, too.

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Unsustainable woodfuel consumption and public health

Researchers warn that East African plants that could cure malaria could disappear before scientists have a chance to study them.

A new book by scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre, “Common Antimalarial Trees and Shrubs of East Africa,” identifies 22 tree and shrub species that traditional healers in East Africa use to fight the disease.

But, the researchers say, they are being cut down for cooking fuel and other uses and could disappear before scientists have a chance to study them.

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VIDEO: A modern take on the “killer in the kitchen.”

No, we’re not referring to Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. From our friends at WorldStove comes this playful video intended to drive home the point about the perils of cooking on three stone fires, which, as we all know, is the only technology available to almostĀ  half the world’s population. Factoid: Glenn Close’s Dad was a physician in the Zaire during Mobutu’s reign. He was one of the first Western doctors to encounter the Ebola virus.

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GACC yields 980K for clean cookstove implementation in Kenya, Guatemala, India

The Centers for Disease Control gets in on the GACC action. Public Health Institute Award to Advance Clean Cookstove Technology OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 19 (AScribe Newswire) — The Public Health Institute (PHI) received notification it has been awarded a major grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) focused on implementing clean cookstove technology. The $980,000 award will support planning and field work for the next year on cookstoves in Kenya, Guatemala and India, as well as joining the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the National Institutes of Health and CDC in planning a global clean cookstoves workshop. The … Continue reading