Category Archives: Australia & Oceania

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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China tops WHO list for deadly outdoor air pollution

More than 1 million people died from dirty air in one year, according to World Health Organisation China is the world’s deadliest country for outdoor air pollution, according to analysis by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The UN agency has … Continue reading

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All is not pristine in New Zealand 

Most images of New Zealand show a pristine environment of great beauty. It therefore comes as a surprise that airborne particle pollution in many towns is above World Health Organisation guidelines. This is not due to the diesel cars that … Continue reading

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Timaru’s air pollution standards breached for the twenty-third time 

Air pollution standards were breached yet again in Timaru. Timaru had its 23rd high population day on Wednesday – more than the number of breaches recorded by the same time last year and the first time air quality standards were breached … Continue reading

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Timaru’s 21st high air pollution day 

Timaru saw its 21st high pollution day on Tuesday – one more than the number of breaches recorded by the same time last year and the eighth consecutive time air quality standards were breached this month. On Tuesday the 24 … Continue reading

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