(Business 2.0 Magazine) — The background: Most of southern Asia is enveloped by a vast cloud of smog two miles thick – a toxic stew of industrial pollutants, carbon monoxide, and particles of soot from millions of rural cooking fires. The “Asian brown cloud” has been blamed for the deaths of 500,000 people each year in India alone.
A person cooking over an open fire that’s burning wood or kerosene inhales the equivalent of the smoke from two packs of cigarettes a day. Respiratory infections are the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5 and kill 1.6 million people overall each year. Three billion households worldwide depend on wood and charcoal to prepare food, and the global supply of wood is rapidly declining.
The solution: Solar power can replace wood and kerosene for cooking. Sun Ovens International, based in Elburn, Ill., sells a family-size solar oven for $259 that’s used in 130 countries”…. <More>