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Letters Air pollution

Wood burning stoves produce PM2.5 particles in amounts similar to traffic and increase global warming

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 14 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3738
  1. Dorothy L Robinson, senior statistician and adjunct senior lecturer1
  1. 1University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia
  1. drd.robinson{at}

A comprehensive review identified the misguided nature of favourable taxation for diesel vehicles: “global warming has been negatively affected, and air pollution has become alarming in many European locations.”1 Policymakers did not adequately consider the serious health effects of particles less than 2.5 microns in size (PM2.5)—known since 1993 when the Six Cities study was published—and the additional global warming from nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide, …

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