Climate policies could kill hundreds of thousands of South Asians if not matched with support for clean cookstoves.
That was the stark result of models published in new journal Nature Energy on Monday.
Curbs on greenhouse gas emissions are set to – directly or indirectly – increase the price of fossil fuels. That risks making modern energy like liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and electricity unaffordable to poor people in countries like India, Pakistan and Nepal.
It is a potential obstacle to efforts to tackle indoor air pollution, a rampant public health threat from cooking over smoky open fires.