Soot from cookstoves targeted in climate fight

An article in the New York Times discusses innovation in simple cookstoves, which aims to dramatically increase their efficiency and decrease their output of carbon dioxide and black heat-absorbing soot.

“It’s hard to believe that this is what’s melting the glaciers,” said Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, as he weaved through a warren of mud brick huts, each containing a mud cookstove pouring soot into the atmosphere.

Soot is also known to have a dramatic effect on health:

Doctors have long railed against black carbon for its devastating health effects in poor countries. The combination of health and environmental benefits means that reducing soot provides a “very big bang for your buck,” said Erika Rosenthal, a senior lawyer at Earth Justice, a Washington organization.