- Associated Press - Thursday, May 29, 2014

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois will receive a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to research how cleaner-burning cookstoves will affect air quality in Alaska, Nepal, Mongolia, and China.

The EPA said Wednesday that the U of I was one of six universities to receive about $9 million in funding to investigate cleaner technologies and fuels for lighting, heating and cooking.

The World Health Organization estimates that cookstove smoke accounts for over 4 million premature deaths each year. The EPA says almost 3 billion people are exposed to household air pollution from crude stoves.

Such stoves are a major source of black carbon, which affects people’s health and contributes to climate change.

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