The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded University of
California at Berkeley a $1.5 million grant for a pollution study, according
to the EPA.
The study will assess the impact of pollution from household and
village-scale unventilated stoves on air quality in developing countries such
as India, EPA officials announced Wednesday.
The grant is part of $9 million awarded nationally to six
universities to research cleaner technologies and fuels for cooking and for
lighting and heating homes.
"More than three billion people worldwide rely on burning fuels
such as wood, plant matter, and animal waste for domestic cooking," Jared
Blumenfeld, EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, said in a
"The soot produced by these unventilated stoves is thousands of
times more potent than carbon dioxide in terms of global warming," Blumenfeld
Air emissions from unventilated stoves lead to an estimated 4
million deaths per year worldwide, according to the EPA.