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Resource October 18, 2017

Meet the Journalists: Michelle Nijhuis and Lynn Johnson

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Nearly half the people on earth use open fires to cook their food and heat their homes, and the...

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Tania López, 7, plays with her cat in a room whose walls were blackened by an old open fire; the new stove, provided by StoveTeam International, is efficient and safe to touch. Image by Lynn Johnson. Guatemala, 2017.
Tania López, 7, plays with her cat in a room whose walls were blackened by an old open fire; the new stove, provided by StoveTeam International, is efficient and safe to touch. Image by Lynn Johnson. Guatemala, 2017.

Nearly half the people on earth use open fires to cook their food and heat their homes, and the price they pay is steep: In the developing world, smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death of both women and children under five. They found that while more efficient cook stoves can dramatically improve the health of women and children, economics and tradition keep many families from using them.

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