January 7, 2014: Student Lecture
Ther Aung

12:30pm to 1:20pm, AERL Theatre (room 120)

The AERL building (Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory) is located on 2202 Main Mall at UBC Vancouver.

Air Quality and Health Evaluation of a Climate Financed Cookstove Intervention in Rural India

Abstract: Approximately 2.7 billion people worldwide use biomass for cooking and heating. Much of this fuel is burned inefficiently in basic and poorly-vented cook stoves contributing to 3.5 million premature deaths annually, with additional impacts on climate. Climate-financed “improved” stove programs under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) are increasing worldwide with aims to achieve win-win-win for health, climate, and development.

An Indian non-governmental organization (NGO) plans to distribute improved biomass cookstoves in 21,500 households as part of the CDM stove project. Partnering with local NGOs, and universities in North America, we measured health and climate-relevant pollutants, blood pressure, and livelihood outcomes through a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate actual field impacts in a pilot intervention. Ther will be presenting the results of the RCT, and implications for future CDM stove projects.