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In this episode of the Ways & Means podcast: how upgrading stoves for people in the developing world could bring about a double win: improving people’s lives while making a big contribution to fighting climate change.

We follow along with Duke Professor Subhrendu Pattanayak on a research trip to rural Kenya, and are invited into people’s homes to see how they cook, and what might make them change their methods.

This is the fourth in our series Climate Change Solutions, a look at surprising answers to the question of what we can do to help cool a rapidly heating planet.

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How Cleaner Cookstoves Can Help Build a Healthier Planet

The Ways & Means podcast follows Sanford Professor Subhrendu Pattanayak and team on a research trip to rural Kenya. They visit people’s home kitchens and discuss what might make them change to more efficient cookstoves. Subscribe to Ways & Means.


  • Subhrendu Pattanayak, Oak Foundation Distinguished Professor of Environmental and Energy Policy, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy


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Duke student Joy Liu designed the artwork for the season.

Season 8 of Ways & Means is made possible thanks to support from the Office of the Provost at Duke University. Find out more about the Duke Climate Commitment.

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Season 8 of Ways & Means is made possible thanks to support from the Office of the Provost at Duke University. This collaboration reflects the Duke Climate Commitmentwhich unites the university’s education, research, operations, and public service missions to address the climate crisis. The commitment builds on Duke’s longstanding leadership in climate, energy, and sustainability to educate a new generation of climate-fluent innovators and create equitable solutions for all

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Ways & Means is an award-winning documentary podcast produced by the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Each season is hosted by a journalist. The season 6 series Arc of Justice, won a national award from the Association of Black journalists, a Gracie and a national CASE Award. It was turned into a four-part radio series in partnership with North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC and was distributed nationally to public radio stations by American Public Media. 

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