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A community-led study in Bristol has found that wood-burning stoves in UK homes continually exceed the World Health Organization’s daily air pollution guidelines over six months. The research was conducted from November last year to March and found 11 exceedances of ultrafine particle pollution guidelines.
Households in Ashley, Bristol, have had sensors installed to monitor pollution emitted by wood burners in their properties.
According to some scientists, log burners can triple the level of pollutants inside British homes.
Steve Crawshaw, who led the project, said: “The evidence is that virtually any level of PM 2.5 is harmful – there is no threshold below which you don’t see effects on health.”
However, some households are forced to use wood-burning stoves rather than central heating due to rising energy bills.
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Tim Wye, a local green councilor, said: ‘Ashley is a divided neighborhood with many people living on incredibly low incomes.
“For some, especially now, burning solid fuels is sometimes the only option to stay warm – but hopefully the study shows those who can afford it should really think twice about using solid fuels. in an urban environment.
“Current research suggests that the impact of wood burning on air pollution is truly significant, and like air pollution emitted from vehicles, there is no ‘safe level’ for humans.”
As a result, Express.co.uk readers were asked whether log burners should be banned.
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In a poll that ran from 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17 to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, Express.co.uk asked: “Should log burners be banned after new warning is issued?
A total of 4,625 people responded with the vast majority, 75% (3,475 people), answering “no”, wood stoves should not be banned.
However, 24% (1,125 people) said ‘yes’ they should be banned while only 1% (25 people) said they didn’t know anyway.
Hundreds of comments were left below the accompanying article with readers participating in a lively discussion about the use of log burners.
Log burners provide an affordable heat source
Many readers were against banning wood stoves because they provide an affordable source of heat.
One reader, username Theancientone said: “There are plenty of them in use today to circumvent ridiculously high energy costs.”
Username Spicegirl said: “No, wood burning stoves should NOT be banned…
“We need to stay warm in the winter – gas and electricity sell out of the market, so wood burning is a good option.”
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And the MotownBoy username said, “My log burner is saving me a fortune. Local wood is free and heats my house.
Another, username broadbeans wrote, “NO they shouldn’t be banned. I have been in some houses where there is one, very warm and comfortable. More pollution comes from cars, planes, etc.
Others have also argued that log burners are beneficial to thousands of homes whose username EASTendguy writes: “Wood burning has been the backbone for centuries in the UK.”
And username Rosandy123 said: ‘Banning woodstoves in rural areas would be a death sentence for thousands of people.’
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Meanwhile, username expressBill commented: “They are vital for people living off the grid or vulnerable to power or fuel cuts. Wood is also a renewable energy source.
“The answer to these problems is to invest in particle removal technology and not impose bans.”
Campaign group Mums for Lungs have called for all wood-burning stoves to be banned by 2027.
Some 300 people die each year in Bristol due to poor air quality and the City Council hopes to raise awareness of the harmful effects of wood-burning stoves.
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