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July 14, 2019 | Swapping Dirty Cooking Fuels for Natural Gas & LNG Shows Live-Saving Results

Stewart Muir is founder and executive director of the Resource Works Society, a Vancouver-based group open to participation by British Columbians from all walks of life who are concerned about their future economic opportunities. He is an author, journalist and historian with experience on three continents including a financial editor of The Vancouver Sun responsible for mining and markets coverage. Since Resource Works was established in 2014, the group has gained international recognition for its practical approach to the public challenges of responsible natural resource development and use.

If all of India’s households transitioned to clean fuels, 13% of premature mortality could be averted from the reduction in ambient pollution, says a recent study.

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The benefits of natural gas exports from Canada are often stated in terms of the economic boost of a new industry, or the climate advantages of a low-CO2, clean-burning fuel.

A new health study says the benefits go far beyond this.

According to an April 2019 study released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America, India’s annual ambient air quality standard is achievable by completely mitigating emissions from household sources.

“If all households transitioned to clean fuels, ∼13% of premature mortality in India could be averted from the reduction in ambient pollution, and the average ambient PM2.5 concentration in the country would meet national PM2.5 standards,” says the study, which was reviewed by the U.S. National Atmospheric Research Laboratory and the University of Colorado Boulder.

At present, tens of millions of women cook over dung and wood fires inside their homes. Natural gas, in forms such as LNG (liquefied natural gas) will change this by removing particulate matter that results from combustion.

LNG also helps by creating half the climate emissions of alternatives.

India’s national “ujwalla” program to encourage switching from wood to gas has been pushed aggressively.

This is meaningful to Canada because, according to the National Energy Board of Canada, many proposed Canadian LNG projects have investors from countries including India.

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July 14th, 2019

Posted In: Resource Works

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