Category Archives: Australia & Oceania

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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Recent Australian wildfires led to record atmospheric pollution

The 2019–20 wildfires in Australia injected huge amounts of smoke into the stratosphere, which has led to record aerosol levels over the southern hemisphere. Ilan Koren at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and Eitan Hirsch at the Israel … Continue reading

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Air pollution: The silent killer called PM2.5

Over half the world’s population lives without the protection of proper air quality standards Millions of people die prematurely every year from diseases and cancer caused by air pollution. The first line of defence against this carnage is ambient air … Continue reading

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Global Transport of Smoke from Australian Bushfires

  The local impacts of the Australian bushfires have been devastating to property and life in Australia while producing extreme air quality impacts throughout the region. As smoke from the massive fires has interacted with the global weather, the transport … Continue reading

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Global Transport of Australian Bushfire Smoke – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

In this video, different aerosols are highlighted by color, including dust (orange), sea salt (blue), nitrates (pink) and carbonaceous (red), with brighter regions corresponding to higher aerosol amounts. This animation shows several high impact events across the globe between August 2019 … Continue reading

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Smoke plays havoc with tennis as Australian Open qualifier suffers coughing fit

The safety of players at this year’s Australian Open has been brought into sharp focus after a day of poor air quality in Melbourne forced the abandonment of former world No 1 Maria Sharapova’s match in a warm-up event at … Continue reading

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Australian bush fires cause air pollution spike across Wellington region

Wellington’s air pollution levels are spiking as some of the worst bush fires in history rage across the Tasman. Air currents are carrying smoke and pollutants from Australia, up the west coast of the South Island, and then across the middle … Continue reading

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