Ecotechnologies and participative innovation: Clean cooking solutions for Mexico

In this episode we discuss biofuels, cooking, and the implications of clean technologies for air quality, health and climate.

  • Impact of cookstoves on indoor/outdoor air quality and health
  • Adapting ecotechnologies for cultural and social contexts
  • Community participation in design process of new technologies

Our guest Dr Omar Masera is a professor at the Institute for Research in Ecosystems and Sustainability of the National University of Mexico and coordinator of the National Strategic Program on Energy Transition of the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico. His research focuses on climate change mitigation, bioenergy and ecotechnology. He has a bachelor in Physics from the National University of Mexico and a Master and PhD in Energy and Resources from University of California, Berkeley. He was part of the team awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Find him on Twitter.

Our interviewer for this episode is Lorena Díaz de León. She is a doctoral student at the Center of Environmental and Health Applied Sciences in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. She is currently working on environmental pollutants exposure biomarkers that affect kidney and respiratory health of indigenous people in México, as well as in the development of screening methodologies for disease detection. She holds a degree in biotechnology engineering and a masters in Biomedical Sciences from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí. Find her on Twitter.

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Music by Ritesh Prasanna

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