“2.3 billion people worldwide are using solid fuel, such as charcoal and wood, for their cooking needs and their heating needs in the world. Out of those, it’s estimated to be linked to 3.2 million deaths a year.” These are amongst the finding of a new study led by SMP member, Dr Isabelle Uny of the University of Stirling.

The study which measured household air pollution in Malawi and Kenya found that there is a really high level of exposure, to tiny particles in the air of soot that people are inhaling daily in low income informal settlements where cooking is done over solid fuel. These can lead, the study found, to lung problems, asthma, TB, lung cancers, cataracts and a range of other illnesses.

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