An economic lesson from Sydney

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An economic lesson from Sydney

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:29 pm

An economic lesson from Sydney
18 08 2013

Sydney has a problem with woodsmoke. 5% of household in Sydney burn wood for home heating. Let’s see what those 5% of households do to the city as a whole.

Woodburning can be seen as responsible for the majority of PM2.5s for 5 months of the year, and taken over the whole year it is also the majority cause. Woodburning also makes the worst month 4 and a half times worse than it would otherwise be.

The estimated health cost of a kg of PM2.5 emissions in Sydney is estimated at more than A$235. And at 6 thousand tonnes a year of PM2.5s that is over A$1.4 billion a year. Two hundred thousand households by burning wood are incurring health costs of A$1.4 billion a year. The New South Wales EPA has reported that the health costs attributable to the impact of wood smoke (PM10s, PM2.5s and ultrafines) by 2030 could be up to $8 billion in NSW alone.

How is this fair on everyone else in the community? How can anything as economically demented as burning wood for heat be allowed?

The economics of the situation call for a full and immediate ban on woodburning. And with a higher percentage of homes in New Zealand burning with wood than in Sydney (56% of homes in NZ) the need for prohibition is even more desperate. To continue with the current policies (and lack thereof) is entirely demented.


Every bit of that light blue under the curve could be eradicated with the wave of a pen and it would make us hugely richer, financially and environmentally. The y-axis should read (kgs/month) i.e. 1,400,000.00 kg or 1,400 tonnes , not 1,400,000.00 tonnes for woodsmoke (household activities) for July. The costs are still $1.4 billion a year at health costs of $235 a kg of PM2.5s.

source ... om-sydney/
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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