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The Last Pixel: The Fire Inside

Shehzad Noorani

The Last Pixel: The Fire Inside

Eight-year-old Aqila courts lung disease as she lights a brush fire in her family’s kitchen stove in the Afghan village of Ragshad. Indoor cooking using biomass (plant materials or animal waste) has been implicated in increasing environmental lung diseases among rural people in developing countries. Innovative cookstove technologies could improve the health of the more than 3 billion people exposed to high levels of indoor air pollution. “Since exposure occurs primarily during cooking, women and their children are at the highest risk,” says Shyam Biswal, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences professor and director of a new Indo-U.S. Center for Environmental Lung Diseases.


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