Why aren’t solar powered stoves being given a green light? This week on What Doesn’t Kill You, Katy Keiffer is joined by friend of the show and photojournalist Erik Hoffner. His articles and images appear in numerous publications, from Grist to National Geographic News Watch, OnEarth, The Sun, and The Guardian. His most recent Guardian piece explored the issue of developing cleaner cooking methods for the world’s poor, and the growing importance of of solar cooking to the effort. Tune in and find out why smoke from cooking issues is such an issue globally and what measures can be done to bring solar cooking to light.


“The act of cooking is actually killing millions of people.” [05:00]

“4.7 people die every year from smoke [from cooking fires].” [08:00]

“Solar suffers from two problems – weather and nighttime.” [14:00]