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Up in Smoke: The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, July 12, 2012
Up in Smoke: The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves

In a 4 year study, researchers Esther Duflo, Rema Hanna and Michael Greenstone, find that while the health impacts of inexpensive improved cookstoves are positive in the short term, they are limited in the long run. Stoves often break down, are infrequently or inappropriately used, and do not offer significant fuel savings for households. They find that while these stoves offer considerable benefits in controlled laboratory environments, in real world conditions, the impacts are relatively limited because of the lack of use.

Tags:  Cookstoves  environmental impact  sector publication 

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