Australias air pollution death toll is higher than fatalities from road accidents. So air quality scientists, medical researchers and Government agency representatives from around Australia are meeting in Melbourne this week to tackle the health problems associated with air pollution.
"Mortality due to air pollution in Australia is higher than the road toll," says Dr Tom Beer from CSIRO Atmospheric Research, one of the organisers of the two-day course. "Each year on average, 2400 of the 140,000 Australians deaths are linked to air quality and health issues - much more than the 1700 people who die on our roads. Thats an average of a death every four hours. This number increases if long-term effects of air toxics on cancer are included."
With Australias urbanised community becoming increasingly concerned about atmospheric health hazards, representatives from State Government health and environment departments are meeting with atmospheric scientists and medical researchers to discuss how to manage the risk of dangerous and hazardous air pollutants. Dr Beer says it is particularly important to consider the science in light of the national, uniform environmental measures - known as NEPMs.
Geraldine Capp | CSIRO
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