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|Title:||Comparing the effectiveness of education and technology in reducing wood smoke pollution: A field experiment||Contributor(s):||Hine, Donald W (author); Bhullar, Navjot (author) ; Marks, Anthony (author); Kelly, Patricia (author); Scott, John (author)||Publication Date:||2011||DOI:||10.1016/j.jenvp.2011.05.003||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/8660||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.||Publication Type:||Journal Article||Source of Publication:||Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31(4), p. 282-288||Publisher:||Academic Press||Place of Publication:||United Kingdom||ISSN:||1522-9610
|Field of Research (FOR):||170113 Social and Community Psychology||Peer Reviewed:||Yes||HERDC Category Description:||C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal||Statistics to Oct 2018:||Visitors: 449
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