Rural India’s LPG Failure Harms Health, Changes Weather
A great dent was to have been made in household air pollution and related deaths in India between 2009 and 2015. The idea was to set up low-cost distribution agencies across rural India, so that fewer Indian households rely on solid-fuel, soot-emitting cookstoves. That meant 55 million new, clean-burning LPG gas connections would have been made available to 75% of the population.
It appears that idea has been only partially successful, with no more than 7% of the rural population using LPG, as of February 1, 2015, according to IndiaSpend calculations, based on data procured from the government. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves put that figure at 12% in this 2013 study, using 2010 data.
About 780 million people in India are affected by household air pollution, mainly caused by smoke from burning solid fuels for cooking.
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