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Nearly two million people, mostly women and children, die each year due to the environmental effects of cooking with fuels like wood or charcoal on poorly functioning stoves or open fires. Deaths due to acute and chronic illnesses like pneumonia can be prevented with cleaner cookstoves.

Researchers from the Duke Cookstoves Initiative, a cross-campus collaboration led by DGHI faculty member Subhrendu Pattanayak, are addressing the benefits of improved cookstoves and what it takes for people in the developing world to adopt them.