Link between cookstoves, black carbon and climate change
Black carbon, or soot, "short-lived climate forcing" emissions, have been found to contribute to climate change just as much as CO2 emissions due to their heat-trapping capacity.
An article in the April 2011 Environmental Health Perspectives announced that "more than three-quarters of the world's black carbon is thought to come from developing countries, discharged from cookstoves, open burning, and older diesel engines." Download the article here
This image and animations produced by NASA and the Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio show the path of these particles.