Air pollution in Australia lagging WHO standards

Last Modified: Sun Nov 15 2015 01:48:07 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 3000
    premature deaths caused by air each year in Australia according to figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
  • $24.3 billion
    cost to the nation, in health expenses, every year.
  • 1998
    year when Australia's current standards were created ending up as "ineffective and out-of-date regulatory system" for air pollution, according to not-for-profit legal practice Environmental Justice Australia.
  • 3 of 6
    sites monitoring air quality, set up by the new EPA had fine particulate matter (PM2.5) above the advisory standard of 8.0 ug/m3.
  • 3000
    breaches of major polluter licence conditions have occured in New South Wales over a five-year period.
  • 6
    of these cases have ended up in court, clearly suggesting enforcement activity is minimal and does not provide any effective basis for companies to lower their emissions, according to Environmental Justice Australia's clean air lawyer, Phil Hill.