Pollution Might Be Hidden Cost to Burning Wood

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Pollution Might Be Hidden Cost to Burning Wood

Sci-Tech Today

November 14, 2005 9:14AM

As soaring prices for oil and natural gas drive more Americans toward alternative fuels to stay warm this winter, environmental watchdogs are awakening to the unhealthy effects of the pollution from burning wood in the home.

Scientists have long known that wood smoke contains carbon monoxide and cancer-causing chemicals. But research shows that wood smoke's major ingredient -- tiny particles of soot and liquid pollution -- worsens heart disease and triggers asthma attacks.

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