Category Archives: Australia & Oceania

Major cities blighted by nitrogen dioxide pollution, research finds

Shanghai, Moscow and Tehran have the highest levels of NO2 pollution, according to the research Cities in relatively prosperous countries are blighted by serious levels of air pollution from nitrogen dioxide, often without realising the extent of the problem, research has … Continue reading

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Australian Conservation Foundation names Mount Isa the most polluted postcode in the country

Mount Isa Mines responsible for 91% of emissions in the outback city despite having an ‘industry-leading air quality management framework’ Mount Isa has been named the most polluted postcode in Australia in a new report from the Australian Conservation Foundation … Continue reading

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Harmful air pollution now affects 99 per cent of everyone on Earth

Almost everyone on Earth lives in areas with harmful levels of air pollution that breach new guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO). The official figure is that 99 per cent of the world’s population is affected, up from 90 … Continue reading

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Report Finds that 97 Percent of Global Cities Did Not Meet Latest WHO Air Quality Guideline

The 2021 World Air Quality Report finds that only three percent of cities and no single country met the latest World Health Organization’s (WHO) PM2.5 annual air quality guideline. The report analyzes PM2.5 air pollution measurements from air monitoring stations … Continue reading

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Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Australian Megafires

Models suggest that thousands of Australians experienced dangerous levels of air pollution for several months, leading to more than a hundred deaths. From October 2019 to February 2020, fire ripped through the Australian bush with unprecedented intensity, killing 34 people … Continue reading

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One-third of countries lack air quality standards, says report

A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has revealed that one-third of countries have no legally mandated outdoor air quality standards. It also noted that where such laws exist, standards vary widely and are often misaligned with World … Continue reading

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Doctors issue official guidance on effects of air pollution and bushfire smoke on pregnant people

Information should serve as ‘wake-up call’ that action on climate change is needed to protect people and their children New patient resources warning of the dangers of air pollution and bushfire smoke to pregnant people or those planning to conceive … Continue reading

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New research finds 1M deaths in 2017 attributable to fossil fuel combustion

An interdisciplinary group of researchers from across the globe has comprehensively examined the sources and health effects of air pollution—not just on a global scale, but also individually for more than 200 countries. They found that worldwide, more than one … Continue reading

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