Category Archives: Australia & Oceania

Pollution linked to one in six deaths 

Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015, a report in The Lancet has found. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries, where pollution could account for up to a quarter of deaths. Bangladesh and … Continue reading

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Timaru to clear the air: Council brings in burner ban 

A plan to tackle air pollution in Canterbury has been approved by the regional council, but councillors say it will not be fining people straight away. It includes a ban on log burners more than 15 years old in Timaru. … Continue reading

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New annual air quality targets already exceeded in Christchurch and Kaiapoi

Christchurch and Kaiapoi have already exceeded new annual air quality targets just four weeks into winter. Christchurch and Kaiapoi have already exceeded new annual air quality targets just four weeks into winter. Christchurch has recorded four high air pollution nights since May … Continue reading

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Report Highlights Australia’s Failure to Tackle Air Pollution 

State and territory governments have been accused of total failure in the fight for clean air after many of Australia’s largest polluters reported emissions hikes. Environmental Justice Australia has delivered a scathing assessment of state regulators after crunching numbers from … Continue reading

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Cars Are Killing Us 

About 3,000 Australians die prematurely each year from outdoor air pollution, and our cars are a major component of that pollution, particularly in traffic congested areas. Suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne and to a lesser extent other capital cities frequently … Continue reading

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London’s quality of life ranking slips over pollution and traffic 

London has slipped down a list of the best cities in the world for quality of life due to high levels of traffic and pollution. The capital placed 40th in the 19th annual Mercer Quality of Life Survey. London was … Continue reading

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Proposed fireplace bylaw prohibits burning wet timber, high sulphur coal

About 75,000 Auckland households will need to be careful about how they use their fireplaces under newly proposed burning restrictions. On Thursday Auckland councillors discussed a draft air quality bylaw for indoor fires which would ban the burning of wet … Continue reading

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Sydney air pollution alert issued as temperature heads to 38C 

High ozone levels trigger air quality alert with health department warning asthma sufferers to be prepared and limit exposure An air pollution alert has been issued for Sydney residents due to a high level of ozone, already exceeding government standards … Continue reading

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