Journal article

Health Impacts of Ambient Biomass Smoke in Tasmania, Australia

Nicolas Borchers-Arriagada, Andrew J Palmer, David MJS Bowman, Grant J Williamson, Fay H Johnston

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH | MDPI | Published : 2020

Abstract

The island state of Tasmania has marked seasonal variations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations related to wood heating during winter, planned forest fires during autumn and spring, and bushfires during summer. Biomass smoke causes considerable health harms and associated costs. We estimated the historical health burden from PM2.5 attributable to wood heater smoke (WHS) and landscape fire smoke (LFS) in Tasmania between 2010 and 2019. We calculated the daily population level exposure to WHS- and LFS-related PM2.5 and estimated the number of cases and health costs due to premature mortality, cardiorespiratory hospital admissions, and asthma emergency department (ED) visits. We e..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the University of Tasmania through a Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship for N.B.-A., by Asthma Australia through a Top-up Scholarship for N.B.-A., and by the New South Wales Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub through a Top-up Scholarship for N.B.-A.