Nearly one in three people, the vast majority of them in the poorest regions of the world, still lack access to clean cooking facilities, with major ramifications for public health, local environments
<p>A large percentage of world’s population continues to depend on biomass for their cooking needs. The cooking devices used by majority of them have very poor thermal efficiency and serious health impacts due to unclean combustion.
The oxidising property of cigarette and chulha smoke is one of the factors being linked by researchers to the formation of eye cataract.
<p>There has been a growing interest in the issue of black carbon -- light absorbing carbon particles, also called soot in our world. It was earlier believed that these particles cooled the Earth, now scientists say the impact is the reverse. The particles absorb sunlight and warm up the atmosphere and so the earth. Also, deposits on snow, absorb sunlight and so heat and melt the glaciers.
<p>Health and wellbeing in Nepal are being improved thanks to a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) programme bringing clean-burning cookstoves to households in place of smoky traditional stoves.</p> <p>The