While the bushfires themselves present the biggest threat to human lives, another lurking danger is impacting the health of thousands more: smoke pollution. You've probably seen a bunch of scary looking numbers in the news but what do they actually mean? Here's how to decipher the air quality index (AQI) in your area - and what to do when the level becomes dangerous.
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Australians across the eastern states have been choking their way through some of the worst air pollution on record. If you regularly commute to the city, this obviously isn't great for your lungs. But is it legal to refuse to come into work due to health concerns? Let's take a look.
Particulates are just one component of air pollution, but they pose a significant health risk—especially the ones that are smaller than 2.5 microns. Particulate pollution can aggravate asthma and can contribute to heart disease, stroke, and other health conditions. So...how much are you breathing in?
Federal Labor this week commemorated a dubious anniversary – a decade of climate policy failure. And it pointed the finger of blame squarely at the Greens.
Australia is increasingly facing problems with air pollution - problems that have detrimental effects for you and your family. In 2019, a Doctors for the Environment Australia report indicated that in NSW alone, there were six local areas that exceeded the fine particle annual standard. These included Liverpool, Chullora, Parramatta North and Muswellbrook.
I have to admit that my hackles rise and my BS radar beeps loudly whenever I hear someone talk about how blockchain technology will change the world. Once you get past the cryptocurrency hype many of the potential use-cases sound like someone is trying to force the latest buzzword solution into every problem they see. But a social endeavour takes blockchain tech and applies it to two major global issues; plastics pollution and poverty. That's the mission of Plastic Bank
All over the world, our oceans, lakes, and rivers are full of trash. There’s a heap of plastic garbage swirling around in the Pacific Ocean right now and much of it is the result of our own littering and improper trash disposal. Some waterways in Europe suffer the same littering problem, which led to the EU banning single-use plastics, like cutlery and bags, outright back in March.
According to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) figures, Australian petrol is the worst of all 35 OECD countries. Aussie standards allow for 150 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur - the stuff that, once it hits the atmosphere, can form acid rain and also cause respiratory issues for anyone who likes breathing. It's been 15 years since we last revisited the standards in our fuel - it's time we took another look.
Driving (or idling) in bad traffic isn't just a soul sucking use of your precious hours on this earth, it's also rough on your physical well-being. And if you drive with the windows down you'll be exposed to even more pollutants, particularly if you live in a smog-prone area or a part of the country prone to bush fires. But you can mitigate the amount of air pollution around you by activating your car's best creature comfort.
The morning coffee ritual is serious business; Australians drink roughly 16.3 million coffees a day. Plenty of news coverage has been devoted to its health benefits, but how much do you know about the environmental cost of your daily latte? Shopping can be confusing at the best of times, and trying to find sustainable options makes it even more difficult.
If you live in a large city with traffic and cars, you're likely exposed to air pollution on a daily basis. That can have detrimental effects on your health, especially your lungs, and the surgical masks you often see in smoggy cities actually don't do a ton to protect you. Here's what to do instead.
About 3,000 Australians die prematurely each year from outdoor air pollution, and our cars are a major component of that pollution, particularly in traffic congested areas.
Suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne and to a lesser extent other capital cities frequently do not meet air quality standards, and show a deterioration in air quality in recent years. This pollution is likely to get worse as population increases and along with it congestion on our roads.
Cities have plenty of forageable food available, from plants that grow as weeds to fruit trees and bushes that were either abandoned, or were planted just for looks. But is this food too polluted to eat? Probably not, according to two teams of scientists who have tested it.