Tag Archives: developing world

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Partner Post – Solavore in Sri Lanka

Reposted with permission – Anne Patterson, CEO Solavore

Last month Solavore Sport designer Dr. Paul Funk time-traveled to Sri Lanka twelve and a half time zones ahead of his lab in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to teach a module on ‘Engineering Design Thinking’ using the solar oven. Dr. Funk taught the class via Skype, addressing more than 50 teachers from rural areas in the country.

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Extra Extra! – Black Soot, Wood Stoves and Climate Change in the News

And all this time I thought I was the only one on the internet writing about cooking stoves, sheesh… Today we have a news article written by a Vermonter about his experience with dirty cooking in the Indian Himalayas.

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A Vicious Cycle

Have you ever been depressed? Kind of a stupid question, I know. Did you notice how, when you were feeling down, those little things in life that you would otherwise handle were, all of a sudden, big deals? Yes, I know you have. The phenomenon is similar to what audio engineers call a feedback loop, which you know as that horrible screech you get when you bring a microphone close to a speaker. Continue reading A Vicious Cycle

Day 20 – Women and Children First!

The iconic cry we all recognize from any sinking ship movie, right before some pig-headed guy pushes through the crowd and jumps aboard, right? Well, the guy in our story doesn’t play the role of baddie, he’s really more of an extra.

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