The OSCA project supersites are on track this winter to monitor air pollution trends from solid fuel burning in homes. Researchers from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science will use the sites in London, Birmingham and Manchester to single out chemical signatures and particle pollution caused by wood burning and to establish if there is a rise in solid fuel burning. They will also be looking at the adverse impacts of small particles, also known as PM2.5, in particular on the health of the vulnerable people, the elderly and people with respiratory illnesses, where long term exposure could lead to increases in mortality rate and the worsening of lung and heart conditions.
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