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11 July 2011

Indoor air pollution linked to heart risk

An estimated two billion people heat and cook with a biomass fuel such as wood, but the practice exposes them to large doses of small-particle air pollution.

An estimated two billion people in the developing world heat and cook with a biomass fuel such as wood, but the practice exposes people — especially women — to large doses of small-particle air pollution, which can cause premature death and lung disease.

"I spent a lot of time watching women cook in these unvented kitchens, and within seconds, my eyes would burn, it would get a little difficult to breathe. The women talk about these same discomforts, but they are viewed as just another hardship of rural life," Baumgartner says.

 
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