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YouTube video on health effects of woodsmoke in Australia

Woodsmoke and Health

Links to some videos from North America and Europe on air pollution and health.

Healthy Hearths Initiative Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

The Healthy Hearths initiative in Southern California was created to reduce pollution and protect public health from the harmful emissions of wood burning

Washington State Department of Ecology warning about outdoor burning.

What some communities are doing in British Columbia to tackle air quality issues.


Making a Difference: Air Quality and Your Health.
A collaborative, multi-agency effort to address shared air quality management concerns between British Columbia and Washington State, the video is divided into four chapters and provides real-life examples of individuals, communities and government affecting positive changes.

"A Breath of Air" details the work of University of Southern California scientists on the health effects of air pollution on children, and also the community perspective on air pollution in the Los Angeles area.

Air Pollution and Health in Europe

The air pollutants that affect the respiratory system are ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, and particulate matter. The breathing in of fine particulate matter significantly increases the numbers of deaths from cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary diseases. Over a third of particulate matter comes from domestic wood stoves, another third from industrial sources, and the remainder from transport and agriculture.

Videos on Climate Change and Solutions

Why Greenhouse Gases Make the Planet Warmer

Scott Denning of the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University gives a stripped-down explanation of the structure of greenhouse gas molecules like CO2 and how they trap heat in our atmosphere.
Climate Change -- isn't it natural?
Climate Change -- Those hacked e-mails
Climate Change - Meet the Scientists 
Science journalist Peter Hadfield investigates climate change in a series of  videos on YouTube.
Beyond Zero Emissions - Climate Solutions
Matthew Wright presents the case for adopting a policy of ZERO Emissions, and outline strategy with examples of how we might achieve this (7 videos).
Burning Trees for Energy Increases Carbon Pollution
Our Forests Aren't Fuels.
Videos from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in U.S.A.
Forests are also one of our best defenses against global warming, absorbing vast amounts of carbon pollution out of the air. But power companies are increasingly proposing to burn whole trees for energy. Trees are not a "carbon neutral" fuel source.