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Solar Cooking "Kyoto Box" Reduces Pollution and Deforestation


kyoto_boxPeople find ways to reduce pollution every day. But is it in the interest of the society to use these inventions to do something good?

Jon Boehmer, a Norwegian based in Kenya, developed a solar powered cooker that can reduce greenhouse gases at a large scale. The cardbox named the “Kyoto Box”, costs 5 Euro($ 6,60) to make, and is designed for the usage of 3 billion people that use firewood as a heating source for cooking.

The “Kyoto Box”, name after the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocol that aims to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, won a $75,000 prize for ideas of global warming reduction. Besides cooking food, it has as well the function of sterilizing polluted water by boiling.

Boehmer wants to do more research and collect the data to back an application for carbon credits. The United Nations have a project to give credits to countries that preserve woods, credits that can later be traded. 190 countries have agreed that our activity on the planet is changing the climate in our loss, and a meeting will be held in December 2009 in Copenhagen to work out a pact regarding the climate.

“We’re saving lives and saving trees” said Jon Boehmer in an interview, speaking about his invention.

The FT Climate Change Challenge was organized by the Financial Times, technology group Hewlett-Packard, which sponsored the award, and development group Forum for the Future. Besides the solar cardboard box, inventions that entered the final were: a garlic-based feed additive to cut methane emissions from livestock, an indoor cooling system using hollow tiles, a cover for truck wheels to reduce fuel use and a “giant industrial microwave” for creating charcoal.

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  1. Alain:

    Whatever the reason, at least this helps the people in Africa.

    The fact that the US wastes a lot of resources is one thing.
    Every bit that someone saves is a bit which doesn’t get wasted.
    Wherever you are.

  2. Poor poor black people of Africa!
    Yet again treated as guinea pigs by self-serving white ‘altruistic-angels’. People in the US waste roughly 40 times energy compared to world average, yet these poor people that has to bend backward to shoulder the burden of reducing global warming!
    Haven’t anybody learn the lessons? Half-assed ‘invention’ like this is doomed to failed. The inventors and pushers only do it because: a. they want to feel good about themselves, b. they want the grant/donations.

  3. Your site’s great, and really makes honour of it’s name. 🙂

    Also, the Kyoto Box is a great invention, glad to hear about it!

    Cheers and keep up the good work!


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