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Energy-Efficient Cook Stoves Can Slow Climate Change

It's easy to think of the energy shortage in the developing world as being all about finding ways to generate electricity from the sun and wind to power the 81 percent of African rural areas that still are off the grid.

But in places where people are accustomed to living without electric lights, appliances and electronic gadgetry, a 2011 World Bank report says that the main energy source is biomass -- small stoves fueled with wood or charcoal, which supply heat for warmth, cooking, boiling water and other activities of daily life.

Frank van der Vleuten

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