How does traditional cokstoves affect our environment and how can we change it?

April 24th, 2013

Hello Greenzoners! Some of you know, and some of you probably don’t know (nothing to be ashamed of, don’t worry 😉 ), one of the main causes of air pollution is burning wood and coal in cookstoves in the process of preparing food.

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Many people use more modern technologies like gas or electric cookers, but everyone can afford them or are available to anyone.
There were designs of special, “clean” cookstoves, trying to reduce the amount of pollution, but they had no effect, unfortunately.

Recently however, a group of students discovered an interesting way to vastly reduce the amount of pollution in our households.
The key is ventilation. Smoke has to go somewhere, but very important is to use appropriate material like aluminium or carbon monoxide – they were researching a simple household which had an attic with aluminium roof – it helped to keep the air clean in their house.
But also, we can’t forget about opening doors and windows, especially if they are on the opposite sides of house!
This is because having all outlets open creates turbulence inside the kitchen, and the smoke is not forced out” – says one of the researchers.

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3 Responses to “How does traditional cokstoves affect our environment and how can we change it?”

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  3. eyef says:

    In my country we have electric cookstoves or natural gas)

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