The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is spending $1.5 million to bring a “stove intervention” to Africa.

The project, conducted by the University of Colorado, is attempting to change how people living in the Sahel of Africa cook and light their homes to be more energy efficient.

The EPA grant argues the project is necessary because the population in this region, which lies between the Sahara Desert and the vast Sudanian Savanna, is “projected to continue to grow at alarming rates,” meaning more carbon emissions from when Africans cook.

“For this study, we will leverage an existing stove intervention study of 200 households in the region; randomly selected rural households received pairs of improved wood cookstoves,” the grant said. “We expand that intervention study to assess stove use behaviors and emissions for an entire year and add urban households and commercial cooking activities.”

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