Fireplaces and stoves are bigger polluters than traffic

12th May, 2021

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Smoke rises from a chimney in Coniston in the Lake District, England. Photograph: Parmorama/Alamy

Fireplaces and stoves are now the largest single source of primary particle pollution in the UK, greater than traffic and industry. About 40% of the UK’s primary particle pollution comes from just 7% of homes that burn solid fuel. Will the new ban on sales of coal and wet wood in England help the problem or risk making it worse?

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