Three thousand Australians die every year from short and long-term exposure to air pollution.
There's hope that will change, following a meeting between State and Territory Environment Ministers in Melbourne today, in which they'll sign off on Australia's first clean-air agreement.
The agreement will introduce new emissions standards for petrol-powered equipment including engines, mowers and pumps.
Environmental Justice Australia is part of a coalition of environmental and health groups called the Clean Air Action Network, which is calling for tougher standards.
Dr James Whelan, a researcher at Environmental Justice Australia, joins Hamish Macdonald on Summer Breakfast.