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war on wood-stoves
« on: March 25, 2014, 07:00:02 AM »
War On Wood: WHO Claims 3.5 Million Killed From Wood Stoves      <blockquote>               Fair use
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War On Wood: WHO Claims 3.5 Million Killed From Wood Stoves
Posted on March 24, 2014
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(Maria Cheng)  Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a new report from the World Health Organization published Tuesday.

The agency said air pollution is the cause of about one in eight deaths and has now become the single biggest environmental health risk.

“We all have to breathe, which makes pollution very hard to avoid,” said Frank Kelly, director of the environmental research group at King’s College London, who was not part of the WHO report.

One of the main risks of pollution is that tiny particles can get deep into the lungs, causing irritation. Scientists also suspect air pollution may be to blame for inflammation in the heart, leading to chronic problems or a heart attack.

WHO estimated that there were about 4.3 million deaths in 2012 caused by indoor air pollution, mostly people cooking inside using wood and coal stoves in Asia. WHO said there were about 3.7 million deaths from outdoor air pollution in 2012, of which nearly 90 percent were in developing countries.

The new estimates are more than double previous figures and based mostly on modeling. The increase is partly due to better information about the health effects of pollution and improved detection methods. Last year, WHO’s cancer agency classified air pollution as a carcinogen, linking dirty air to lung and bladder cancer.

WHO’s report noted women had higher levels of exposure than men in developing countries.

“Poor women and children pay a heavy price from indoor air pollution since they spend more time at home breathing in smoke and soot from leaky coal and wood cook stoves,” Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General for family, women and children’s health, said in a statement.

Other experts said more research was needed to identify the deadliest components of pollution in order to target control measures more effectively.

“We don’t know if dust from the Sahara is as bad as diesel fuel or burning coal,” said Majid Ezzati, chair in global environmental health at Imperial College London.

Kelly said it was mostly up to governments to curb pollution levels, through measures like legislation, moving power stations away from big cities and providing cheap alternatives to indoor wood and coal stoves.

He said people could also reduce their individual exposure to choking fumes by avoiding traveling at rush hour or by taking smaller roads. Despite the increasing use of face masks in heavily polluted cities such as Beijing and Tokyo, Kelly said there was little evidence that they work.

“The real problem is that wearing masks sends out the message we can live with polluted air,” he said. “We need to change our way of life entirely to reduce pollution.”</blockquote>
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Re: war on wood-stoves
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2014, 09:07:19 AM »

I lose sleep over this -literally. The night before last we were called out at 12:30pm to a structure fire. Started by - yes a wood stove. We were on scene until 7:100am. The 84 year old lady that lived there on her own escaped. She was very lucky because the wood stove was right by the rear entrance of the house which was her only egress as the front entrance was totally blocked by 3ft of snow and had not been cleared all winter. Her shitzu was not so lucky.

Don't get me wrong I am not against wood stoves; I have both a wood stove and a wood burning fireplace. We have been called out to two house fires in the last month both stared are as a result of wood stoves, both buildings were lost. In many of the older buildings around here there are unapproved stoves that were installed long ago with no respect or consideration for any code. Just fire traps for sure. New installations of today’s stoves approved stoves and chimneys according to code and subsequently inspected by a WETT certified professional are both safe and a dependable source of heat. If you have a wood stove that was in the house when you bought it please make the effort to have it professionally checked out, your life may well depend on it.
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Re: war on wood-stoves
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2014, 10:01:24 AM »
I see only one problem with the accident . LOGIC . I have wood furnace, wood cook stove (used daily) , wood heating stove in barn ,and garage , but when installing them I made sure it is safe from all different angles. I remember as a kid all hoses were wood structures and roofs were straw . Everybody had only wood stoves and there were less fires than I see now.
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Re: war on wood-stoves
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2014, 10:08:52 AM »
Exactly Henry, you did it correctly. The problem if all these stoves were installed using common sense then there would be few problems.
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Re: war on wood-stoves
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2014, 04:42:32 PM »
That is the problem withy too many things . People do not use common sense, and it is getting worse with the younger generation.
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Re: war on wood-stoves
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2014, 10:50:46 AM »
Could you design an app for common sense? Make it free/mandatory for all under 40s.

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Re: war on wood-stoves
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2014, 11:08:38 AM »
Could you design an app for common sense? Make it free/mandatory for all under 40s.
If that were to happen at least 50% of the government infrastructure would become redundant overnight. Shame on you.
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