While Queensland members of the Liberal and National parties push for the federal government to build new coal-fired power stations, experts warn it could put communities at risk of increased exposure to toxic pollutants.
Countries like the US have introduced regulations to reduce emissions of harmful chemicals like sulfur dioxide and mercury, leaving Australia lagging behind.
Interviewees in this radio current affairs story:
- Dr James Whelan, air pollution researcher, Environmental Justice Australia
- Dr Robyn Schofield, senior lecturer, climate system sceince, University of Melbourne
First broadcast on 6 July 2018