Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.15, Issue 03, 2009; Page No.(513-516)

FUEL WOOD BURNING AND ITS EFFECT ON THE ENVIRONMENT WITH REFERENCE TO TDAJ VILLAGES OF BOLANGIR, (ORISSA), INDIA

S.P. Mohapatra, H.P.Sahoo and Y. Sahoo

Abstract

Studies on air pollution due to burning of fuel wood for cooking purpose is alarming day by day in the tribal villages of Bolangir Dist. of Orissa. About 85 households are selected for the study, which burn about 254 tonnes of fuel wood annually. A negative correlation exists between annual income and fire wood consumption of household (r = - 0.11). The heavy use of fire wood is due to its easy availability in near by forest which results in degradation of important woody species of the area having medicinal value. Fuel wood burning also results in release of harmful chemicals which affects the health of the inhabitants to a greater extent.

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