Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves Executive Director Responds To Washington Post Article On Clean Cookstove Research

In a statement published on the website of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Executive Director Radha Muthiah responds to an article published in the Washington Post on Monday, which highlighted the results of a recent MIT/Harvard study on the public health benefits of clean cookstoves. “[T]he Post article correctly identifies the scourge of cooking on open fires and rudimentary cookstoves as a global health problem that demands urgent attention, highlighting World Health Organization data that shows indoor air pollution kills two million people every year,” she says. “Regrettably, the article seems to indicate that clean cookstoves do not deliver measurable health impacts and therefore concludes that ‘we are not yet ready to distribute clean cookstoves worldwide.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. On the contrary, the timing for clean cookstoves is right, and the time is now,” she says in the statement (Gearity, 4/19).