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Solar-powered cooker wins $75,000 prize

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    $6 solar-powered cardboard-box cooker scoops $75 000 challenge

    April 09, 2009 Edition 1


    A $6 (R54) cardboard box that uses solar power to cook food, sterilise water and which could help three billion poor people cut greenhouse gases, has won a $75 000 prize for ideas to fight global warming.

    The "Kyoto Box", named after the UN's Kyoto Protocol that seeks to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, is aimed at billions of people who use firewood to cook.

    Costing $6.60 to make, it can also make it easier to boil polluted water.
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    Inspiration from daughter.​
    "We're saving lives and saving trees," the Kyoto Box's developer Jon Boehmer, a Norwegian based in Kenya, said in a statement.

    The FT Climate Change Challenge was backed by the Financial Times, Hewlett-Packard, which sponsored the award, and Forum for the Future.

    The other four finalists 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.

    A statement said Boehmer would carry out trials in 10 countries, including South Africa, India and Indonesia. He would then collect data to back an application for carbon credits.

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    Jon Boehmer, inventor​

    The UN is discussing giving credits to developing countries that preserve tropical forests, which soak up carbon as they grow. Those credits could then be traded. - Reuters

    Links:
    -- Cape Argus: $6 solar-powered cardboard-box cooker scoops $75 000 challenge

    -- Inventor turns cardboard boxes into eco-friendly oven - CNN.com

    -- Solar-powered cooker wins $75,000 prize | Small Business | Reuters

    -- BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Prize for 'Sun in the box' cooker
     
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