At least, they are if the Buddhist Association of China is correct.
Religious groups in China on Wednesday called for temple visitors to burn less joss sticks during Spring Festival, as excessive incense sticks burning has contributed to worsening air quality.
Addressing a news conference, spokesmen for the Buddhist Association of China and the Chinese Taoist Association said the practice of burning a large amount of joss sticks is irrational and affects air quality.
In Chinese tradition, burning joss sticks in temples is a ritual to pray for blessings. In recent years, as the Chinese get richer, more people choose to burn incense sticks in temples to pray for a better life during traditional holidays. In some cases, they burned hundreds of dollars of incense sticks.
Which is probably still a lot less incense than a certain provost burns at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, on a Sunday morning. I’m wondering if the students of Glasgow university would still want him as their rector if they knew he was personally responsible for the impending climatological apocalypse.