Wood smoke may smell good, but it is not good for you.
The smoke from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces contributes to air pollution and poor health.
An image from the International Space Station captures plumes of smoke from California wildfires on August 4, 2018.
Haze from Northern California wildfires has drifted as far east as Philadelphia. Wildfire smoke contains many potentially toxic substances, so anyone exposed to it should take basic precautions.
High intensity logging burns and the resulting smoke plume near Mount Baw Baw, April 2018
Photo Chris Taylor.
Every autumn Victoria copes with smoke haze from planned burns that reduce bushfire risk, but a large part of that pollution actually comes from industrial logging activity.
Flames and smoke shroud State Route 33 as a wildfire burns in Ventura, California, Dec. 5, 2017.
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Intense wildfires in southern California are triggering air quality alerts. Health experts know surprisingly little about how inhaling smoke affects human health, especially over the long term.
Wildfire creates an orange glow in a view from a hilltop Oct. 13, 2017, in Geyserville, California.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
Wildfires in California have triggered a public health emergency. One threat is smoke inhalation: Some air readings have registered pollution levels comparable to bad air days in Beijing or Mumbai.
Smoke from deliberately lit forest fires is destroying the health of Southeast Asians, and looks set to be a yearly event.
Look at satellite images from Southeast Asia this week and you will see large areas of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore blanketed by dense plumes of smoke. These smoke plumes have severely degraded ground-level…
A bushfire smoke plume visible from Park Beach in Forcett, south-east of Hobart.
The bushfires currently raging across south-eastern Australia have, once again, focused national attention on the risks they pose for the community. The immediate concerns, naturally, are the direct impacts…
Cutting wood smoke reduces deaths, research from University of Tasmania shows. The study suggests regulating air pollution…
Nice when a few sandstone houses get smoking, but what are people breathing in bigger rural towns where wood stoves are common?
Winter in many Australian country towns is accompanied by a pall of smoke from wood-fired heaters that lasts from late afternoon to the following morning. In larger towns and cities burning wood has been…