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Home insulation also saves lives by reducing wood stove pollution

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 09 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n388
  1. Dorothy L Robinson, adjunct senior research fellow
  1. University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia
  1. drd.robinson{at}

As well as creating warmer, healthier homes,1 improved insulation saves lives by reducing wood heater pollution, which is responsible for 56% of the health costs of man made air pollution in New Zealand—NZ$4425 (£2322; €2643; $3200) per wood heater per year.2

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