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Pollutionwatch: log fires are cosy, but their days may be numbered

It is no surprise the mayor of London wants to ban wood burning: even new stoves are much more polluting than the exhaust of a heavy goods vehicleBrowse through the home style magazines in your newsagent's or watch Channel 4's Grand Designs and you will see beautifully decorated living rooms complete with a roaring fire. Wood burning has become very fashionable and, let's face it, a log fire is cosy.Natural gas central heating largely banished solid fuel and brought huge improvements in our urban air. For two decades the UK's official energy statistics said that home wood burning was too small to be quantified, but under the radar it has been making a return. A 2016 government survey found that 7.5% of UK homes burned wood making up 30% of UK particle emissions. In London, one home in 12 burns wood, but this accounts for more than a quarter of the particle pollution produced in the capital. It is no surprise that the mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn, has called for powers to address this problem. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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