Burning solid fuel is dangerous to the most vulnerable people if they become infected with Covid-19, a professor of chemistry has said. Each year up to 1,200 deaths are caused by air pollution in Ireland, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). John Wenger, professor of chemistry at University College Cork, said that it was too early to tell if reduced traffic levels due to Covid-19 restrictions have cut pollution. Yet particulate pollution levels, which are mainly caused by the burning of coal, wood and peat, have continued to spike in several Irish towns.
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