Inefficient stoves contribute to 2 million deaths a year – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Indoor or household air pollution affects 3 billion people worldwide.
Martin: It is the leading environmental cause of death in the world today.
Narrator: Dr. William Martin at the NIH, the lead author on a commentary in Science magazine, explains that inefficient stoves kill roughly 2 million people a year.
Martin: They may be living in small huts or households that barely protect them from the elements and yet like all of us they must cook their food, heat their homes, and seek light when it is dark outside.
Narrator: For details on the Science article, visit www.nichd.nih.gov. For more about a campaign to reduce indoor air pollution, visit the website cleancookstoves.org. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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