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DENVER - The health of women and children in developing countries is threatened by residential cooking pollution, says a study recently released by The University of Colorado and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

The World Health Organization estimates there are 4.3 million deaths annually due to cooking emissions from traditional stoves that burn wood, plant matter, coal and waste.

CU-Boulder and NCAR will study 250 households in northern Ghana to measure the levels of pollutants due to cooking from 2014 to 2017.

Households will be divided into three stove types: high-tech cookstoves, less-costly cookstoves and a traditional three-stone fire on the ground. The research team will measure levels of harmful pollutants and the effect increased cookstove use has on air quality.

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