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Stovetop cooking spikes indoor air pollution

by Lauren Sommer, KQED | Take Two®

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Lighting a domestic gas hob in Santiago, Chile, October 19, 2012. MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images

The thought of air pollution may conjure up images of a hazy skyline, but believe it or not, the air inside your kitchen can sometimes be just as harmful. Cooking fumes from your stove are supposed to be captured by a hood over the range, but even some expensive models just aren't that effective.

As KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer tells us, that's something scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab are trying to fix.

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