Story: Atmosphere

Open fire

Open fire

In the winters of 1974, 1975 and 1976 the New Zealand government requested that consumers limit their use of power due to pressures on the electricity supply. This cartoon plays on this issue. Open fires were for much of the 20th century the main form of heating in many New Zealand houses. The fires burnt wood and coal, but were very inefficient because most of the heat went up the chimney. Air pollution improved in many places as more people switched to electric heating.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Mrs Pat Lodge Collection
Reference: B-134-509
Cartoon by Nevile Lodge

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How to cite this page:

Bill Allan, Katja Riedel, Richard McKenzie, Sylvia Nichol and Tom Clarkson, 'Atmosphere - Atmospheric pollution', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/6163/open-fire (accessed 23 November 2019)

Story by Bill Allan, Katja Riedel, Richard McKenzie, Sylvia Nichol and Tom Clarkson, published 12 Jun 2006