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Dirty secret: Half of world lacks clean cooking, at a huge cost
(Reuters, 25 Sep 2020) Failure to provide 4 billion people with access to clean, safe and affordable ways of cooking is costing $2.4 trillion a year.
A global failure to provide about 4 billion people - half the world's population - with access to clean, safe and affordable ways of cooking is costing $2.4 trillion a year in damage to health, the climate and local economies, new figures show.
A report released by the World Bank and its partners this week said women bear the brunt of preparing food using harmful and polluting fuels - a blindspot for governments and business, despite a global goal to provide clean cooking for all by 2030.
The bulk of the cost of dirty cooking - $1.4 trillion per year - comes from the health impacts of using smoky, high-emitting fuels such as wood, kerosene, charcoal and dung, it estimated.
"Women bear a disproportionate share of this cost in the form of poor health and safety, as well as lost productivity," said Makhtar Diop, World Bank vice president for infrastructure.
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