Category Archives: Australia & Oceania

Aerial footage: Acrid smokey haze blankets Sydney & triggers air pollution warning amid ‘hazard reduction’ burnoffs

Air quality warnings have been triggered by burn offs in the surrounding areas which have left an acrid haze over the entire city. ABC Online reports there have been at least 11 days this month where air quality in the … Continue reading

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90 percent of world’s population breathes badly polluted air: WHO

Nine out of every 10 people on the planet breathe air that contains high levels of pollutants and kills seven million people each year, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) study. Nine out of every 10 people on … Continue reading

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Bushfire Holsworthy: Smoky haze covers Sydney

SYDNEY residents with breathing difficulties are being warned to stay indoors as a thick haze blankets the city following backburning to contain a major blaze in Sydney’s southwest. SYDNEY is being blanketed by a smoky haze as firefighters continue to … Continue reading

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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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