Last week scientists put the number of early deaths caused worldwide by air pollution at double previous estimates: 8.8 million a year, according to research published in the European Heart Journal, meaning toxic air is killing more people than tobacco smoking. [Source]
I'm surrounded by neighbors with old fireplaces, old wood-burning stoves, old fireplace inserts, oil-burning heaters, and who knows what else. When the temperature drops, the smoke greatly increases. No-burn days are not nearly good enough to stop it. They help, but simply don't kick in quickly enough.
Lately, we've had some of the worst air on the planet during our summers due to forest fires. Is really bad pollution going to become constant?
The freeway isn't far off and neither is the airport. The noise levels are unhealthy; but, when the air is still and cold, the jet fumes are much worse than the fireplace smoke.
Replacing heating sources and paying for fuel or energy can be a real difficulty. That's why I advocate government mandating upgrades and means-tested subsidies for the upgrades and clean energy.
We can pay now or pay much more later due to ill-health and stunted minds.