Wood burning at home now biggest cause of UK particle pollution


Fires used by just 8% of population but cause triple the particle pollution of traffic, data shows

Domestic wood burning has become the single biggest source of small particle air pollution in the UK, producing three times more than road traffic, government data shows.

Just 8% of the population cause this pollution by burning wood indoors, according to a separate government-commissioned report. It found almost half of those burning indoors were affluent and many chose a fire for aesthetic reasons, rather than heat.

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