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Although revised government data estimates a lower proportion of pollution comes from wood stoves but they remain a ‘major contributor’

The new data significantly cuts the estimated proportion of small particle pollution that comes from wood burners from 38% to 17%.

But wood burning pollution remains a “major contributor” to particle pollution, another government report said.

Road transport is responsible for 13% of particle pollution.

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Seems a rather muddled article, even by the Grauniad’s standards. If a firebox is closed and the chimney is drawing properly, a wood-burning stove draws air from the room, so the problem seems to be more for the wider environment, i.e., once the smoke particles have left the chimney. I wonder if there are similar constituents in the ash that needs to be cleared out after the fire.

I’m not being facetious, but I also wonder what bans on other combustibles might be proposed eventually, especially indoors and in public places; Matches? Candles? Incense?

Some forces are at work here to focus on wood burning instead of diesel emissions. 

When there was a spike in pm2.5 pollution last month,  (caused by no wind for several days), I looked at the real-time pollution map here https://aqicn.org/snapshot/london/20220218-08/?cs

The highest pollution was in Central London, Essex and Hertfordshire was at normal low pollution levels. Where are the wood stoves? Not in the City and West End, where the diesel engines are!

The BBC weather forecast said don't burn wood, but it didn't say, don't drive your diesel. 



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