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  1. Energy and Human Health

    Smith KR, Frumkin H, Balakrishnan K, Butler CD, Chafe ZA, Fairlie I, Kinney P, Kjellstrom T, Mauzerall DL, McKone TE, McMichael AJ, Schneider M. Energy and Human Health. Annu. Rev. Public Health 2013. 34:25.1–25.30
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  2. Household fuels, low birth weight, and neonatal death in India: The separate impacts of biomass, kerosene, and coal

    Epstein MB, Bates MN, Arora NK, Balakrishnan K, Jack DW, Smith KR. Household fuels, low birth weight, and neonatal death in India: The separate
    impacts of biomass, kerosene, and coal International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health (2016) 523-532. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheh.2012.12.006
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  3. Tackling the world’s forgotten killer

    18 January, 2013

    “About the worst thing you can do is stick burning stuff in your mouth. Every year, tobacco kills more than six million people, according to the World health Organization. Including secondhand tobacco smoke affecting non-smokers, it is the chief cause of ill-health (measured as lost years of healthy life) among men globally and for everyone in North America and Western Europe.

    The terrible disease burden imposed by tobacco is recognized by most people, but the risk of another form of smoke is also highlighted in the new “Global Burden of Disease” report released last Month in The Lancet – smoke from cooking fires. About 40 percent of the world still cooks with solid fuels, like wood and coal, in simple stoves that release substantial amounts of the same kinds of hazardous chemicals found in tobacco smoke directly into the household environment. Indeed, a typical wood cookfire emits 400 cigarettes worth of smoke an hour.”

    Visit CNN for the rest of the op-ed piece.


  4. A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990–2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010

    Lim S.S and many others (including KR Smith), 2012, A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, Lancet, 380: 2224-60.
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    → KR Smith’s presentation to Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves at National Press Club
    → Summary of new findings by KR Smith


  5. TURBOCOCINA Field Assessments in Schools: San Lorenzo Guatemala

    Northcross AL, Smith KR, Hernandez MT. TURBOCOCINA Field Assessments in Schools: San Lorenzo Guatemala. Household Energy, Health, and Climate Change Research Group. UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Nov 2012.
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  6. Household Light Makes Global Heat: High Black Carbon Emissions From Kerosene Wick Lamps

    Lam N, Chen Y, Weyant C, Venkataraman C, Sadavarte P, Johnson M, Smith KR, Brem B, Arineitwe J, Ellis J, Bond T. Household Light Makes Global Heat: High Black
    Carbon Emissions From Kerosene Wick Lamps. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012, 46, 13531−13538. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es302697h
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  7. Pollutant Emissions and Energy Efficiency under Controlled Conditions for Household Biomass Cookstoves and Implications for Metrics Useful in Setting International Test Standards

    Jetter J, Zhao Y, Smith KR, Khan B, Yelverton T, Decarlo P, Hays MD. Pollutant Emissions and Energy Efficiency under Controlled Conditions for Household Biomass Cookstoves and Implications for Metrics Useful in Setting International Test Standards. Environ Sci Technol. 2012 Oct 2;46(19):10827-34. doi: 10.1021/es301693f. Epub 2012 Sep 17.
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  8. 2012 Global Energy Assessment

    The Global Energy Assessment (GEA) involves specialists from a range of scientific and engineering disciplines, industry groups, and policy areas in defining a new global energy policy agenda, that transforms the way society thinks about, uses and delivers energy and to facilitate equitable and sustainable energy services for all, in particular the two billion people who currently lack access to clean, modern energy. GEA is the first ever fully integrated energy assessment that analyzes energy challenges, opportunities and strategies, for developing, industrialized and emerging economies. It is supported by government and non-governmental organizations, the United Nations Systems, and the private sector and was subject to rigorous and independent analysis and review. Click here to see the full table of contents.

    All 25 chapters can be downloaded from IIASA. Attached here are two sections:

    Key Findings, Technical Summary, and Summary for Policy Makers

    Chapter 4: Energy and Health, Smith KR, Balakrishnan K, Butler C, Chafe Z, Fairlie I, Kinney P, Kjellstrom T, Mauzerall DL, McKone T, McMichael A, Schneider M, Wilkinson P, 2012. In Global Energy Assessment: Toward a Sustainable Future, ed. GEA Team. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis


  9. Temperature dataloggers as stove use monitors (SUMs): Field methods and signal analysis

    Ruiz-Mercado I, Canuz E, Smith KR. (2012). Temperature dataloggers as stove use monitors (SUMs): Field methods and signal analysis. Biomass and Bioenergy 47 (2012), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.09.003
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  10. Exposure Science in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy

    Committee on Human and Environmental Exposure Science in the 21st Century (KR Smith, Chair), Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies, and National Research Council. Exposure Science in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy. The National Academies Press; 2012.
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