THEY may provide homes with a rustic feel and toasty warm comfort. But the wood-burning craze is posing a real danger to the environment, and to our health. Today in Britain there are more than 1.5 million wood-burning stoves, and about 200,000 are added to that total every year. Researchers have found they emit tiny particles, known as PM2.5, which is the most harmful type of air pollution and is linked to heart attacks, strokes, cancer and dementia. Dr Gary Fuller, a leading pollution scientist at King’s College London, has now said action must take place “urgently” to cut down on the craze as “lives are at risk”. He warned wood-burning fires can produce about six times more particle pollution than a modern diesel lorry, or 18 times more than a modern diesel car. In a new book, released this month, he said: “Wood fires are choking the British atmosphere, adding to the smoke particles from traffic, industry and farming that cause thousands of preventable deaths. “The smoke they produce is almost invisible, particularly when compared with the killer smogs of the 20th Century.” A study he carried out found wood smoke was adding more particle pollution to London’s air… Read full this story
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