Two Laureates of the Rolex Awards will team up in a bid to devise a fast-track solution to help overcome one of the major drivers of global climate change. Their proposed collaboration has the potential to make the world far cleaner and healthier, while improving living standards for inhabitants of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and South America.

“Black carbon”, the soot from billions of domestic cooking fires across the poorer regions of the world, is a powerful, but little-publicized driver of climate change. In underdeveloped regions, scientists now consider it is heating the planet almost as much as the CO2 from fossil fuels.

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For prolific inventor Alexis Belonio and highly respected physicist Steven Garrett, this fact has created an opportunity to improve the lives and health of impoverished people, beat a major waste problem and develop a fast way to counter global warming – all at the same time.

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