*Pic: Now two days later – 7th April. A photo from Grindelwald. Launceston is down there somewhere in the stinking smoke.
First published April 8
Every year without fail we are smoked out across Tasmania by deliberate burning.
It doesn’t matter if these particulates go deep into our lungs and stop there.
It doesn’t matter if the smoke is made up of many of the same particulates found in cigarette smoke.
It doesn’t matter if the smoke makes us sick or keeps us locked up inside.
State Government tries to sell it to us through the media: “Autumn is fuel reduction season. Fight fire with fire” So, they are creating all this harmful smoke for us?
Autumn is hell for the young, the elderly and those with lung or cardiac disease and their families. Little mention is made re their smoke-induced sickness lasting until lives are shortened.
It doesn’t matter if the specialized cancer agency (IRAC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) says outdoor air pollution is the leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.
It doesn’t matter if the WHO classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). And after thoroughly reviewing the latest available scientific literature, world leading experts convened by the IRAC Monographs Programme concluded that: there is sufficient evidence that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer (Group 1).
It doesn’t matter if the WHO also noted a positive association with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
It doesn’t matter that particulate matter, a major component of outdoor air pollution, was evaluated separately and was also classified as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1 is the highest category) along with: Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, Azathioprine, Sulphur Mustard, Asbestos, Plutonium, Thorium-232 , Arsenic, Beryllium, Cadmium, Radon-222, Radium-224,226 and 228, Silica dust, Cyclosporine, X- and Gamma-Radiation, Tobacco smoke, and so on.
On the 5th April 2017 smoke started to build. This is when burning should have stopped.
Looking towards Exeter from Brady’s Lookout.
What goes up must come down.
Exeter is down there somewhere in the stinking smoke.
The Tamar Valley as far as the eye can see … smoke!
It doesn’t matter if this smoke originated in Tasmania, Victoria or both.
Wind direction from the North. Image courtesy of https://earth.nullschool.net
Smoke from Victoria? Satellite image courtesy of NASA. https://lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.go http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-07/smoky-melbourne-planned-burns-in-victoria-causing-city-haze/8424292
And while this was going on Tasmanian burns kept smoking!!
Real-time ambient air quality data. Courtesy of Tas EPA Air division. http://epa.tas.gov.au/epa/air/monitoring-air-pollution/real-time-air-quality-data-for-tasmania
This is what we are forced to breathe!
*Clive Stott worked for the Tasmanian Health Department for almost 15 years in charge of buildings, engineering and biomedical engineering at a district hospital. He also provided home oxygen therapy equipment support to respiratory patients for CIG/BOC Gases. It troubles Clive the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania will not lobby on behalf of its members to stop unnecessary planned burn smoke. Clive also owns the website www.cleanairtas.com
• Lola Moth in Comments: On Tuesday my friends arrived on the ferry with their motorcycle loaded up for a two week holiday in clean, green Tasmania. By Thursday afternoon they had retreated to the coast because they had trouble breathing at my place near Deloraine. Today one of them is flying home to Sydney to get away from the pure air she was promised on the ads. Her partner can’t get back on the ferry for another week. He has had surgery for throat cancer and the hole in his throat he breathes through is running out of filters and the machine he needs to unclog his airways is working overtime. If I can keep him out of hospital he should be able to ride home otherwise he will have to fly home and send the bike by freight. Their well planned holiday has turned into a nightmare.
• Emma Anglesey: Impacts of more “regeneration burns” is unacceptable If the Tasmanian Legislative Council supports the Liberal Government’s plan to open up 356,000ha of reserved forest for clear-felling and burning this week, then we will have to put up with even more “regeneration burns” and cop the unacceptable impacts they have on the climate, our environment, people’s health and our industries for many years to come …