It's safe to say there is no safe level of air pollution

Barnett, Adrian G. (2014) It's safe to say there is no safe level of air pollution. Australian and new Zealand Journal of Public Health, 38(5), pp. 407-408.

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Abstract

Outdoor air pollution is a killer. A recent report from the World Health Organization estimated that 3.7 million deaths per year are due to outdoor air pollution. Most of these deaths are in low and middle income countries, with China being the country that often springs to mind. However, Australia still has a relatively big air pollution problem with an estimated 3,000 deaths per year.

Traffic pollution is the major contributor to urban air pollution in Australia. Extreme events, such dust storms, bushfires and the recent coal fire in Morwell, dramatically increase pollution levels (for days or weeks) and are also very hazardous to health.

Australian governments in the last 30 years have committed to improving air quality, and policies have been discussed and implemented with the aim of creating cleaner air. One key policy measure is the National Environment Protection Measures for air quality. These set standards for six important outdoor pollutants. Their key goal is to create “ambient air quality that allows for the adequate protection of human health and wellbeing”.

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ID Code: 79021
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: The Ebola crisis – is Australia prepared?
Keywords: air pollution, pollution standards
DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12264
ISSN: 1326-0200
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Public Health Association of Australia
Copyright Statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Barnett, Adrian G. (2014) It's safe to say there is no safe level of air pollution. Australian and new Zealand Journal of Public Health, 38(5), pp. 407-408, which has been published in final form at [10.1111/1753-6405.12264]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2014 22:20
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2015 12:15

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