Air pollution is the single greatest environmental cause of preventable disease and premature death in the world today. It ranks alongside unhealthy diets, inadequate physical activity, and tobacco smoking, as a major global risk factor for mortality. Globally, air pollution is responsible for approximately 7 million premature deaths each year. In Australia annual mortality is conservatively estimated to be more than 3,200 with a cost greater than AUD $6.2 billion from years of life lost. However, the full health and social impacts are much more extensive. This report explains why the effects of air pollution are so far reaching and, equally, why coordinated action to make air safer is one of the best investments in Australian health.
Smoke is an important health risk associated with bushfires. Here is what you can do before, during and after a bushfire to stay safe.
Watch a recording of our 9 October webinar co-hosted with The Heart Foundation featuring two of Australia’s leading cardiologists: Professor Garry Jennings AO (Chief Medical Officer of the Heart Foundation) and Professor Kazuaki Negishi (Head of Medicine at Sydney Medical School Nepean, Sydney University). The event was facilitated by Professor Jane Heyworth from the University of Western Australia.
In this submission, the Centre for Safe Air provides expert advice regarding the 'Non-Road Diesel Engines Noxious Emission Standards Impact Analysis'.
We've updated our factsheet on the health impacts of bushfire smoke to incorporate practical considerations to protect yourself from bushfire smoke during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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