Poor indoor air quality, caused by household air pollution (HAP) which is produced by the use of solid fuels throughout much of the world, contributes to approximately 4.3 million premature deaths per year, three times the number of death caused by AIDS globally. Additionally, HAP leads to more robust ambient air pollution, resulting in nearly 4 million more deaths, according to the Acton Institute Power Blog, with half of the premature deaths among children younger than five years old coming from pneumonia initiated by HAP.
These conditions and more contributed to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) which claims that "Around 3 billion people still cook and heat their homes using solid fuels (i.e. wood, crop wastes, charcoal, coal and dung) in open fires and leaky stoves. Most are poor, and live in low- and middle-income countries. Such inefficient cooking fuels and technologies produce high levels of household air pollution with a range of health-damaging pollutants, including small soot particles that penetrate deep into the lungs."
Roughly 3 billion people inhale toxic amounts of HAP every day on account of the use of solid fuels, an identifier that includes biomass fuels (derived from plant sources) or coal for combustion which release carbon monoxide and other pollutants. A large part of the problem doesn't come from the particulates that befoul the air but from a lack of proper ventilation that one may receive from a functioning chimney.
What may be most unfortunate about this development is that those in the middle-income to low-income regions who are most afflicted merely lack consistent access to electricity to cook food and heat homes. Throughout most of America, the threat of poor indoor quality is significant, but of a different nature in several ways.
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