Comparing the effectiveness of education and technology in reducing wood smoke pollution: A field experiment

Hine, Donald W, Bhullar, Navjot, Marks, Anthony DG, Kelly, Patricia, & Scott, John (2011) Comparing the effectiveness of education and technology in reducing wood smoke pollution: A field experiment. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31(4), pp. 282-288.

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Abstract

This study describes a field experiment assessing the effectiveness of education and technological innovation in reducing air pollution generated by domestic wood heaters. Two-hundred and twenty four households from a small regional center in Australia were randomly assigned to one of four experimental conditions: (1) Education only – households received a wood smoke reduction education pack containing information about the negative health impacts of wood smoke pollution, and advice about wood heater operation and firewood management; (2) SmartBurn only – households received a SmartBurn canister designed to improve combustion and help wood fires burn more efficiently, (3) Education and SmartBurn, and (4) neither Education nor SmartBurn (control). Analysis of covariance, controlling for pre-intervention household wood smoke emissions, wood moisture content, and wood heater age, revealed that education and SmartBurn were both associated with significant reduction in wood smoke emissions during the post-intervention period. Follow-up mediation analyses indicated that education reduced emissions by improving wood heater operation practices, but not by increasing health risk perceptions. As predicted, SmartBurn exerted a direct effect on emission levels, unmediated by wood heater operation practices or health risk perceptions.

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ID Code: 79028
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2011.05.003
ISSN: 0272-4944
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Academic Press
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2014 05:38
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2015 05:24

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