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Chile Takes Action on Air Pollution
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Chile Takes Action on Air Pollution

A programme launched in 2014 to replace 200,000 firewood based heaters is improving air quality, the Government of Chile says. 

Using firewood to heat homes releases toxic fumes that adversely affect people’s health. Chile is tackling this as part of a strategy to confront one of its biggest environmental challenges - air pollution.  

Firewood produces as much as 94 per cent of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions in some Chilean cities, according to the Ministry of Environment. But lack of money is preventing many households from switching to cleaner energy sources or changing their 30-year-old heaters and stoves. 

Read the full story here. 

Author: UN Environment

Publish Date: 18.08.2017

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