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To Clear the Air

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IonE global renewable energy leadership fellow Jill Baumgartner is on a mission to clear the air.

Last weekend, Baumgartner made international news with a research presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Denver, Colo. Baumgartner reported that exposure to second-hand smoke is associated with increased blood pressure in boys, which in turn is a portent of adult health issues. "This study adds to overwhelming evidence that preventing children's exposure to secondhand smoke is an important public health initiative," she said.

Baumgartner is also working with Julian Marshall, a civil engineering professor and Institute on the Environment resident fellow, on an IonE-funded project aimed at reducing indoor air pollution in India. In that study, she's assessing health impacts of replacing conventional household stoves used for cooking and heating with cleaner alternatives.

You can listen to Baumgartner describe the Household Stove Change-Out project here:

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