Air pollution and your health
Each year more than 3000 Australians die premature deaths from air pollution.
The World Health Organization has described air pollution as the world’s largest environmental health risk, estimating that air pollution causes 7 million premature deaths annually.
In Australia, the evidence is clear that thousands of preventable deaths occur every year. Some communities are much more affected than others, depending on how close they are to pollution sources.
Find out more from the resources below.
Reports and submissions
- Toxic and terminal: How the regulation of coal-fired power stations fails Australian communities (PDF, 4MB)
- Clearing the air: Why Australia urgently needs effective national air pollution laws (PDF 1.6MB)
- A tale of two power stations (PDF, 588KB)
- EJA’s submission to Victorian EPA power station licence review (February 2018)
- Waste to energy: what is it and what does it mean for communities and the environment?
- Coal ash dumps and community health
- Coal-fired power stations and health
- Coal-fired power stations and your rights (NSW)
- Coal-fired power stations and your rights (Vic)
- Health effects of SO2 and NOx
- Coal wagons and particle pollution
- About the National Pollutant Inventory
- The Victorian EPA v the Hazelwood mine owners’ case
- Air pollution monitoring in the Namoi region
- Controlling pollution from coal mines and power stations (resource list)
- How to monitor air quality: advice for community groups