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Can Cleaner Cookstoves Save Lives?

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A global partnership led by Institute on the Environment researcher Jill Baumgartner will investigate the health and climate impacts of advanced cooking and heating stoves as part of a three-year study on clean household energy technology in rural China.

Indoor air pollution contributes to 4 million premature deaths each year and is the single leading environmental health risk factor globally, according to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study. Half the world's people breathe in the dirty smoke from coal, wood and other solid fuels burned in inefficient cooking and heating stoves. In addition to respiratory health impacts like childhood pneumonia and lung cancer, studies point to indoor smoke as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is also a major contributor to regional and global climate warming.

Will Humanity's Appetite Leave Land for Nature?

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Feeding the world's growing population is shaping up to be the challenge of the century, but where does conservation fit into the equation?

Joe Fargione, senior director for The Nature Conservancy - North America Region, attempted to answer just that in last Wednesday's Frontiers in the Environment presentation, "Peak Cropland: Saving Room for Nature While Feeding Humanity this Century."

U Students Buck the Status Quo in 2012-13 Acara Challenge

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Spirited voices mixed with the scent of Indian spices in The Commons: Meeting and Art Space at Institute on the Environment last Monday night. Dozens of Acara students, mentors and investors were gathered for a showcase of the 2012-13 Acara Challenge contestants.

Attendees supped on fare from Gandhi Mahal and mingled with the young entrepreneurs before settling in for brief presentations on seven start-ups developed by Acara alumni. The goal of each business - in addition to viability and profit - is to address a social or environmental issue at home or abroad.

Are All Tomatoes Created Equal?

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The warnings about the negative health impacts of consuming food grown using pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals echo across the food movement landscape, with research to back up those claims.
 
But insufficient studies exist to explain the effects of food nutrients on toxicity.  For example, what effect does dietary folate have on arsenic elimination?

Three Questions About Air Pollution

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More than 2 million people die each year from the health complications of air pollution, such as heart disease, lung cancer, asthma and acute lower respiratory infections, according to the World Health Organization.
 
Julian Marshall, IonE resident fellow and assistant professor of environmental engineering in the College of Science and Engineering, addresses the problem of air pollution by asking three questions.

Bicycling Insights & Ideas

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One fact that should be widely known to residents of the Twin Cities Metro area is that their city is home to some of the most widely available alternative forms of transportation in the nation. Ingrid Schneider's recent Frontiers in the Environment presentation, "Toward Active Transport in Minnesota: Insight & Ideas From a Statewide Survey," provided plenty of important insight into the motivations behind active transport.


The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author(s) and not necessarily of the Institute on the Environment/University of Minnesota.

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