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Air Pollution

Ambient air pollution carries an immense disease burden, with global mortality rates estimated at between 4.2 and 8.7 million deaths per year.  Air pollution is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular and respiratory disease,multiple cancers  and poor antenatal outcomes. It impairs neurocognitive development and is associated with behavioural problems in children.

A major source of air pollution is the combustion of fossil fuels. The emissions released drive global warming, causing climate change and the resulting climate health emergency.

Policies to support reducing the combustion of fossil fuels through cleaner transport and power generation are needed to reduce key sources of outdoor air pollution. 

Our Air Pollution SIG members work to improve the health of all Australians through better protection of clean air.