Doctors for the Environment Australia

Doctors for the Environment Australia is a voluntary organisation of medical doctors in all states and territories.  We work to address the diseases – local, national and global – caused by damage to the earth’s environment.

National Pollutant Inventory Recap

On Friday April 15th, we were taken by surprise at the abrupt release of this year’s NPI data. We had expected the release a few weeks earlier but unexplained delays left us uncertain about when it would be made available. Immediately, we jumped into action and spent the weekend finding...

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Latest national air pollution data shows dangerous hikes in emissions

Just released annual air pollution data shows yet another hike in air pollution across Australia, with the coal industry the top contributor, indicating a failure of federal and state regulation which is creating a significant burden for community health and costing taxpayers an estimated $11-24.3 billion each year, according to...

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Air pollution in South East Queensland triggers public meeting; calls for expanded monitoring network and data access

The public meeting has been convened following a trebling of particle pollution from coal mining during the last 10 years and calls for an expansion of Queensland’s air pollution monitoring network. “There is no EPA monitoring in the entire Central Queensland coalfields – a region of more than one million...

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Hopes fade of tougher air pollution standards at meeting of environment ministers

Standards for air pollution particles linked to lung cancer and restricted lung growth could be set at levels beyond those recommended by the World Health Organisation, doctors and community groups fear. The concerns come as federal and state environment ministers meet on Tuesday to decide on controls around air pollution...

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3000 deaths caused by air pollution each year prompt calls for tougher standards

Air pollution results in 3000 premature deaths each year in Australia, costing the nation up to $24.3 billion in health expenses every year. The figures, from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, are a direct result of an "ineffective and out-of-date regulatory system" for air pollution, according to not-for-profit legal...

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Avoidable deaths caused by lax air pollution standards: Air pollution summit calls for a national Air Pollution Control Act and a national regulator

Health, community and environment groups meet tomorrow in Melbourne as part of their national clean air campaign. “Air pollution in Australia’s major cities, coal-mining regions, coal transport corridors, and communities near coal-fired power stations and motorways is causing avoidable deaths. Australians require a much stronger regulatory approach,” said Environmental Justice...

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Clean air or hot air?

You could be forgiven for thinking that this means that action is being taken to deal with air pollution, especially fine particulate pollution (PM2.5) which is the subject of the variation. The unfortunate reality is that the NEPM doesn’t require anyone to do anything to improve the quality of the...

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