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Building a Better Cook Stove for the World’s Poor

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This is the VOA Special English Development Report.Breathing smoke from cooking stoves or open fires is a comm



this is the voa special english development report.

breathing smoke from cooking stoves or open fires is a common cause of lung infections in developing countries. indoor air pollution is blamed for an estimated four thousand deaths every day, mostly women and children.

a nonprofit group based in the american state of colorado is working to save lives. researchers at envirofit international have developed a clean-burning cook stove that uses less fuel and reduces smoke.

they say it cuts the smoke and dangerous gases by up to eighty percent compared to open fires or simple traditional stoves. the cook stove was designed to produce the greatest amount of heat in the shortest amount of time and with the least amount of fuel. it can burn wood, animal waste or crop waste.

the shell foundation has formed a partnership with envirofit to market the cook stoves. the british charity, established by the shell group in the year two thousand, has invested ten million dollars in a pilot project for india.

martha kohlhagen at envirofit tells us that as many as ten million stoves will be sent to southern india by the end of this year. she says the stoves are being manufactured in china and will begin arriving in may. the stoves are designed to have a lifetime of up to three years at a cost of about fifteen dollars.

after india, the plan is to market them to china and brazil, and to other countries around the world. envirofit expects twenty-five million dollars from the shell foundation and other donors over the next five years to support its efforts.

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