Poor air quality is shortening the average life expectancy, a new international study published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters has found. It calculated an Australian with a life expectancy of 82.4 years in 2016 would lose 0.178 years from their life as a result of air pollution. Doctors for the Environment Australia has a long history of advocating for national reporting standards to protect health. Read more-->
One of the areas most affected by poor air quality is the Hunter Valley in NSW, where 25 deaths a year could be attributed to breathing fine particle pollution.
DEA's Dr Ben Ewald, an epidemiologist and lecturer at the University of Newcastle, describes the Hunter as having an air quality regime that is “trivial”, “sloppy”, “inadequate”, “ineffective” and “failing to protect human health”.
The Hunter has had several air quality standard exceedances linked to dust from coal mines.
Read the complete news story, which was published in the Newcastle Herald
on 27 August 2018, HERE
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