Global climate change mitigation and development goals cannot be achieved without changing the way people cook and prepare their food, a report from the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) finds.

The report, Accelerating Clean Cooking as a Nature-Based Climate Solution  (36 pages, PDF), examines how cooking with wood and other high carbon-producing fuels, especially in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, remains an overlooked source of global carbon emissions, forest degradation, and preventable illness among women and children in developing countries. Lack of access to clean cooking is a major threat to the environment, climate, and sustainable livelihoods with an estimated annual global cost of $2.4 trillion, driven by the adverse impacts on health, quality of life, and gender equality, contributing to 3.2 million premature deaths annually. Cooking with solid fuels produces as much climate-harming emissions as the airline industry and produces more than half of human-generated emissions of black carbon, which is 1,500 times more impactful on global warming than carbon dioxide.

Read the full article about climate change mitigation at Philanthropy News Digest.