"Australia is holding its collective breath ahead of a bushfire season that may
bring a return of the smoke linked to 400 deaths and 4,500 hospitalisations and
emergency department visits during the 2019–20 Black Summer fires.
Air pollution is the world’s single greatest environmental cause of preventable
disease and premature death. In Australia, it’s linked to more than 3,200
deaths a year at an estimated cost of A$6.2 billion.
These impacts are increasing due to climate change and an ageing population,
among other factors. Scientists at the Centre for Safe Air (an NHMRC Centre for
Research Excellence) have launched a report today on the many benefits of safer
air for Australians, to mark the United Nations’ International Day of Clean
The report summarises the extensive evidence on the health impacts of air
pollution for Australians. This pollution consists of both airborne particles
(also called particulate matter) and gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen
dioxide and sulphur dioxide. The report also explains why co-ordinated national
leadership is needed to make our air safer."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics