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Air pollution: over three billion people breathe harmful air inside their own homes

By Matthew Shupler, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Public Health, University of Liverpool
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You might think air pollution can be avoided indoors. But worldwide, more than 3 billion people are exposed to it within their own homes through cooking, heating and lighting with traditional fuels. These are fuels that can be gathered locally and burned on an open fire, such as wood, charcoal, coal, animal dung and the wheat straw and corn cobs that make up farm waste.

The smoke that’s generated by these fires is rich in soot – otherwise known as black carbon. These…

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