Particulate and gaseous emissions from biomass combustion

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Particulate and gaseous emissions from biomass combustion

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:43 pm

Particulate and gaseous emissions from residential biomass combustion
Christoffer Boman ... N:36060886
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Substantial quantitative information was only found for acute asthma in relation to particulate
matter with an aerodynamic diameter of <10 μm (PM10). In comparison with the present
general estimations for ambient PM and adverse health effects [60, 61, 62] the relative risks
are even stronger in the studies where residential wood combustion is considered as a major
PM source (Figure 8). Thus, there seem to be at least no reason to assume that the PM
effects in wood smoke polluted areas are weaker than elsewhere. Ambient exposure to
combustion related fine particles in general have also been associated with cardiopulmonary
disease and mortality as well as cancer risks, but the importance of other particulate
properties than mass concentration, like chemical composition, particle size and number
concentration remain to be elucidated.
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