Category Archives: General News

Pasqual project on hold

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our Pasqual project has been placed on hold. We will not be conducting Tuesday meetings at Andale nor attending the Earth Day event at NMSU.

Thank you for your support.

Brazil Recession: Taking a Step Down the Energy Ladder?

Brazil’s economy shrank by almost 4% last year, as it has been enduring the longest recession since the 30’s. How does this relate to dirty cooking and the average Brazilians place on the energy ladder?

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Global Alliance Conducts Child Survival Workshop

How much can clean cookstoves and fuels reduce incidence of pneumonia in children?  Does using clean cooking technologies and fuels during pregnancy boost birth weights?

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Earth Day 2016 @ NMSU

Earth Day turns 46 this year, and it sure is aging well. This year’s celebrations will see the signing of the landmark Paris Agreement, which take significant strides to help correct climate change, and in which clean cooking takes a role.

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Open Meetings – Tuesdays in April

Andale Restaurant in Mesilla has graciously agreed to host meetings for us  every Tuesday in April, from 6-8pm in the Banquet Room.

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Pasqual Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

This morning we launched our crowdfunding campaign, please follow this link and find out how you can help!

Cooking Smoke – The Secret Killer in Latin America

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Pasqual Comes to Life

The day is nigh and the hour is upon us! Pasqual has lauched our fundraising campaign on Indiegogo’s platform Generosity.

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Laying the Foundation

Referring back to our post two days ago, we were dealing with the question of what Pasqual is doing. We’ve talked about health issues and clean cooking technology, but what comes next? Where does the rubber meet the road?

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Questions & Answers

Ok, we’re back. While we were gone, a disturbing problem arose. The problem was this: people don’t seem to know what we are going to do with all this clean cooking business. We’ve got solar ovens and improved cookstoves, we’ve talked about poverty in Latin America, we’ve talked about the dangers of cooking smoke. But what does it all boil down to?

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Short Sabbatical

Due to a family emergency, Pasqual will be off the air till early next week. Please take advantage of this little lull to check our some of our older posts, and learn how to make pulled pork in less time than it took to read this message!

Extra Extra! – Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases Statement on New WHO Report on Environment-Related Deaths

Reposted from the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

The World Health Organization today released a report that showed nearly a quarter of all deaths are related to living or working in an unhealthy environment. In response, Alliance CEO Radha Muthiah released the following statement:

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A Problem Without End? Not on Our Watch!

We’ve touched on the topic of poverty and how it is a cycle that has to be broken before, but there’s always room for a little more perspective. As humans, we easily lose touch with things. Friends, family, the outside world, all are fair game.

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Int’l Women’s Day and Clean Cooking

This just in, women are disproportionately affected by cooking smoke-related illnesses, among other issues! Wait, this isn’t really news, it’s been known for some time.

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Pasqual’s submission for 2017 Oscars, Category – Best Film

*** Updated link below ***

Nobody ever said film making was easy, I guess its a good thing we didn’t do claymation after all. Break out the popcorn and jujubes, it’s time to feast your eyes on the first of many videos to come from the soon-to-be-esteemed Pasqual Pictures.

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Thoughts on Bill & Melinda Gates’ 2016 Annual Letter

I’ve recently learned of two influential people by the name of Bill & Melinda Gates, are you familiar with them? If not, please check the wifi connection for the rock you’ve been hiding under. They have been wielding their formidable influence and wealth for the greater good for some time now, and their powerful gaze has landed upon the issues of time poverty and energy poverty in their hot-off-the-presses Annual Letter.

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Weekend News Update

Several short news briefs on the Pasqual front. As you may have seen, we have a new logo. Much praise and thanks to the design team at Aloki Design Studio, our boundless gratitude goes out to them!

We have added a little “Guide to Pasqual” in the top menu bar, please check it out.

The outdoor demonstration kitchen is nearly completed, see pics below…

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Extra Extra! – Non-Smoker Gets Lung Cancer at 30

“A few years ago, I diagnosed a young woman in her late 30s with lung cancer. She was a non-smoker. Throughout her treatment, she kept saying, ‘Why me?’ Such cases are becoming more common now,” he said. – The Times of India

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Under Construction, Literally

Sorry for the absence of riveting new posts about solar ovens and improved cookstoves, but the Pasqual team is busy building our very own outdoor demonstration kitchen. Please stay tuned for some exciting videos demonstrating all of our partners wonderful clean cooking technology, and you might even get a glimpse at my ugly mug in the process…

See you soon!

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Grassroots Only Go So Deep

It’s politic’n season out there, and the word “grassroots” gets thrown around a lot, probably more often than is really deserved. I think we all identify with the nature of any grassroots movement, that being one derived from the “people” instead of “The Man”. Who doesn’t root for the underdog some of the time?

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Mick Jagger Was Wrong

Surely you jest! Take it easy, folks. It’s still okay to seek sage advice from your favorite rock & roll band, they would never lead us astray on purpose. But when Jagger croons about time being our our side, the science says otherwise.

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E Pluribus Unum

Out of many, one. You probably know this famous Latin phrase as one of our national mottoes, printed on the Great Seal of the United States. The implication is that we collectively form one, a united body.  People come together for a variety of reasons; religion, social interests, education, even a friendly card game. We form clubs and churches, bowling leagues and secret societies. All of these groups form for a reason, usually to benefit either themselves or others in some way. Pasqual was formed for a reason as well.

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Small Is Beautiful

I have tempted fate long enough as a would-be blogger, I must post the obligatory cat photo in order to stave off destruction at the hands The Powers That Be. Fortunately, our daily kitteh comes at an appropriate and relevant time.

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Extra Extra! – Chef Jose Andres wants to revolutionize the world of food

Chef Jose Andres, ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, features in an article from Fusion.

“Our motto is to change the world through the power of food” – Jose Andres

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Partner Post – Sarah Collins – Your most valuable asset is YOU

African internet journal Business Mic interviews Wonderbag founder, Pasqual partner, and CEO Sarah Collins about her product, business, and the power of perseverance.

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Reality Check

UPDATE – This post is NOT political in nature… I kinda goofed on the intro, my apologies. If you haven’t watched the attached video, please do, this man is a treasure of our age.

I can contain myself no longer. Our purpose at Pasqual is not political per se, but politics is an inevitable part of life. Politicians make decisions for us, and the world, every day. Some of these decisions are good, some are bad. Likewise, some politicians are good, and some are bad. Some we hold in high regard, others we cast into the fire.

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