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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 11:55 AM
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The new evil, fireplaces. Next up BBQ's, Camp Fires, Cooking (wood fires = smoking )
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Hard as it may be to believe, the fireplace long considered a trophy, particularly in a city like New York is acquiring a social stigma. Among those who aspire to be environmentally responsible, it is joining the ranks of bottled water and big houses.

Or as Starre Vartan, a 33-year-old blogger who goes by the name Eco-Chick, put it: Any time you are burning wood or cow dung, youll be creating pollution. Its like junk food: if you do it once a month, then who cares? But if its something you do every day, its important that you mitigate it somehow. Its a hazard.

Not surprisingly, the green community has been sounding the alarm for some time. For the last several years,, an online magazine, has advocated replacing all wood-burning fireplaces with electric ones; an article published in September by Shireen Qudosi, entitled Breathe Easier With a Cleaner Fireplace, argued that there is no such thing as an environmentally responsible fire: Switching out one type of wood for another is still use of a natural resource that otherwise could have been spared, Ms. Qudosi wrote. And last fall, an article on the Web site, Cozy Winter Fires Carbon Impact, called wood-burning fires a direct pollutant to you, your family and your community.


Organizations like the American Lung Association are issuing warnings as well: the group recommends that consumers avoid wood fires altogether, citing research that names wood stoves and fireplaces as major contributors to particulate-matter air pollution in much of the United States.

Wood smoke contains some of the same particulates as cigarette smoke, said Dr. Norman H. Edelman, the chief medical officer for the American Lung Association, as well as known carcinogens like aldehydes; it has also been linked to respiratory problems in young children.

Second hand camping - ban it now or more will die and it will cost us all of money in health care costs. No one can argue with the logic at all, it makes perfect sense, if you have fires while camping with your kids - you are abusing them, it is like giving them a pack of smokes....

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