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New Zealand

Masterton, NZ by Googling 'wood smoke'

NZ appears to be struggling with the wood smoke problem like everyone else. Politicians struggle just to get green house gases recognized and are 40 years behind the times on that, not even mentioning carbon soot. Bans of old equipment are just starting when cutting edge science is indicating even certified stoves violate new coming U.S. dioxin standards as well as pm standards quite commonly. The pattern of slow evolution which allows violations of the law to continue goes on here as it does in most places violating basic rights and threatening life and health.  

 Christchurch, Kaupoi and Ashburton have started to ban wood burning by banning old equipment before 1995.


Climate change information

From: The Ministry of the Environment  

Many of our daily activities release chemicals and particles into the air we breathe. For example, motor vehicles release chemicals from their exhausts, and if we use fires and log burners to heat our homes, particles and other chemicals are released out of the chimney. Chemicals and particles that have the potential to affect our health and the environment are called contaminants or pollutants. When they build up in the air, they cause air pollution. The amount of pollution in the air depends on the amount of pollution produced and the rate at which the pollutants disperse.

Finest beach sand: 90µm. Human hair: 50µm. PM10: less than 10µm. PM2.5: less than 2.5µm.

The diagram above compares the size of these particles (PM10 and PM2.5) to a strand of hair and some beach sand. They are tiny – too small for the human eye to see. The amount of exposure to pollutants is often measured in units of micrograms of substance per cubic metre of air (µg/m3).

Click here to visit Clean Air New Zealand

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