Though the availability of firewood for cooking in Kathmandu Valley may bring respite from the acute fuel crisis, it could contribute to deteriorating air quality in the Valley with onset of winter season this year, experts said.
The government has already distributed more than 200,000 kilograms of firewood from various depots set up inside the Valley since the decision was taken on Sunday, according to the Timber Corporation Nepal. This is equivalent to 340 tonnes of carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change and global warming as well as affecting the local environment. Besides carbon dioxide, other harmful pollutants, including methane, carbon monoxide and soot particles, are also released from burning wood.
Experts said though the decision was taken to address the severe shortage of cooking gas, the burning of firewood is likely to increase the emissions of air pollutants and contribute towards indoor air pollution…
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