Thursday, April 30, 2009

24 Herbert St, Invermay

The residents of 24 Herbert St, Invermay, Launceston, Tasmania are serial polluters.

The residents have a constant desire to pollute their neighbours. The interesting thing to consider is that they may even like their neighbours. They might be old friends, going way back. They have a lovely garden, well maintained house but unfortunately, when the residents of 24 Herbert St, Invermay close their doors and turn on their wood burner, they forget all that and start inflicting fine particulate pollution on everyone around them. Their pollution results in very fine particles being sucked into the lungs of anyone unfortunate enough to be near them.

In the morning, I will upload video of this polluting property.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

37 Bryan St, Invermay, Launceston, Tasmania.

This is the first video post that shows the disgraceful pollution caused by selfish individuals polluting Launceston, Tasmania.

The people who live here are saying to you and me: "I'm warm mate, but stuff you and shame your baby's lungs are sucking in all my pollution from my dirty smoking chimney".

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Last post on wood smoke health impacts

The following link provides information published by the Washington State Department of Ecology Air Program outlining the health effects of wood smoke:

I will not post anymore information on wood smoke. You have enough info to start looking this issue up for yourself.

From tomorrow, April 22, 2009, I will commence posting video of property in Launceston that are polluting mine and your families lungs, probably causing long term health impacts.

Enough is enough, there are enough alternative heating sources in this city to put an end to the burning of wood.

No more wood smoke in Launceston, Tasmania.

Winter is coming and so is the pollution...

The following information on the pollutants and health impacts from wood smoke pollution is from Health Canada at

The Pollutants in Wood Smoke

The main pollutants in wood smoke that cause health concerns are:

  • Particulate Matter: This is the term for solid or liquid particles found in the air. They can be very small and can travel deep into your lungs, causing respiratory and heart problems.
  • Carbon Monoxide: This is a colorless, odorless gas that is poisonous at high levels. It can interfere with the delivery of oxygen in the blood to the rest of your body.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds: These are a wide range of compounds that usually have no color, taste or smell. Some cause direct health effects, while others contribute to smog.
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: These compounds are a health concern because of their potential to cause cancer.

In communities where wood heating is common, wood smoke can be responsible for as much as 25% of the airborne Particulate Matter, 15% of the Volatile Organic Compounds and 10% of the Carbon Monoxide in the atmosphere.

Wood smoke also contains other toxic compounds, including nitrogen oxides and chlorinated dioxins. These can contribute to environmental hazards, such as smog and acid rain.

Health Effects Associated with Wood Smoke

  • Exposure to the pollutants in wood smoke can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea and dizziness.
  • Wood smoke can also make asthma worse, and has been associated with an increase in respiratory problems.
  • In large populations where wood smoke is a significant contributor to outdoor air pollution, studies have linked wood smoke to severe health risks, including increased hospital admissions and even premature death.
  • In addition, studies of laboratory animals suggest that prolonged exposure to wood smoke may weaken the immune system.
Breathing wood smoke is not healthy for anyone. However, the health risks are greater for people with:

  • Existing heart and lung problems.
  • Children are also at greater risk because their respiratory systems are still developing, and because they inhale more air due to their higher rates of activity.

Name and shame

In coming weeks, this blog will be dedicated to showing the horror of wood smoke pollution in Launceston. Perhaps this will give the council and government the courage to prosecute those polluters that until now have got away with contributing to an increase in deaths and breathing problems in Launceston.