Coal, wood burning kills more people than malaria
Hisham Zerriffi (Liu Faculty, University of British Columbia)
February 17, 2012

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Source: The Hindu

Burning coal, wood or charcoal for cooking kills two million people worldwide, each year — more than malaria — thanks to severe respiratory diseases this causes through indoor pollution, warns an expert.

Energy poverty, which is about limited access to clean sources of energy, is practically driving half the global population to rely on such smoke producing sources of fuel, probably the biggest source of indoor pollution, says Hisham Zerriffi, who led the study.