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October 15, 2009
For cleaner air, Vietnamese must change cooking habits

Cooking with wood stoves is a huge contributor to greenhouse gasses in the developing world. Matt Steinglass of Global Post reports from Vietnam on how simply swapping out wood-burning stoves yields cleaner cooking.

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#5

The skepticism may be coming from the fact that the last several winters have involved near-record cold for the parts of the Northern Hemisphere. It’s irrelevant, we have to move to biofuels anyway — found a cool site; Balkingpoints ; incredible satellite view of earth

#4

Where would one get plans (in English or Spanish) for these stoves. We would send those plans to our friends in Eastern Peru (Shipibo)to see if the stoves have a regional/cultural adaptability.

#3

If we do not use solar cookers, why would we expect someone else to use them?

#2

I agree with the first post. Solar cooking is being used in rural India, parts of Africa, and and South America. The United Nations and NGO’s have sponsored programs in areas to get these cookers into the developing world. I recommend that you have your researchers look into these cookers. They are very cheap to make. I am currently designing a solar cooker to cook compost so that it can be sterilized and weed free. I am also looking to the possibilitys of heating up human feces to a point where all pathogens would be killed. Peces is very high in nitrogen and makes an excellent fertilizer, thus reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers. Human urine is also an excellent fertilizer if it is diluted. Urine does not carry pathogens.

#1

An interseting segment that highlights an important problem. I do wonder if there is a place for solar cookers or dryers either in the homes or for the tea growers.

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