Video: Smoke is Smoke

  Programs that involve exchanging old wood burning appliances for new smoke-producing products do not protect clean air; only complete wood burning bans can do that. Wood burning bans are essential for building healthy, vibrant communities. A healthy community is one that protects everyone’s right to breathe healthy, smoke-free air.     Advertisements

Protecting children’s health should be a top priority

Michelle Obama is continuing to advocate for positive change regarding children’s health and the problem of childhood obesity.  At a Partnership for a Healthier America summit held this month in Washington, she asked the audience to “think about why someone is okay” with children having anything less than healthy food to eat. — Her advocacy for…

The air belongs to everyone, and everyone deserves the right to breathe clean air.

Video: “Think before you burn” – A public service announcement from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEQV89jN2Qs “Wood smoke poses a real danger to the health of residents, neighborhoods, and communities. The children featured in this PSA ask people to think before they burn.” Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, pscleanair.org

Carcinogenic

Letter by Cathy Baiton, printed in the Calgary Herald (calgaryherald.com) Letters – May 26, 2014 Re: “Season of misery starts again with firepits,” Letter, May 23. Wood smoke contains over 100 toxic substances, including large amounts of lung-damaging particulate matter. Last year, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District found that smoke from an average evening’s…

Biomass report raises concerns

http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/campaigns/forests/boreal/Resources/Reports/Fuelling-a-Biomess/ Letter by Cathy Baiton, printed in the Lethbridge Herald (lethbridgeherald.com)  Letters – November 13, 2011 Fuelling a Biomess, a Greenpeace Canada report released Nov. 2, raises important concerns about the use of forest biomass for energy on a large scale, and explains how it is not the carbon-neutral, clean and green fuel that governments and…