Ministers to sign off on Australia's first clean-air agreement


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.

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