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Perth's air pollution choking our children 1 November 2010
Perth's air pollution is affecting children's health, with those aged four and under most at risk of asthma attacks from traffic-related smog, a study by the University of Western Australia reveals.

Coal Dust Warning
30 October 2010
A Senior NSW health official says exposure to coal dust particulates can harm people's health, even if the pollution is within state guidelines.

Breathe carefully: air emissions of benzene may cause birth defects 26 October 2010
A study of pregnant women in Texas has found that women living in the areas with the highest benzene levels had a two times greater risk for their children to be born with spina bifida.

U.S. environmental research institute shows outdoor wood furnaces are dangerous to people’s health 25 October 2010
“Some of the health effects reported to EHHI include awakening at night with coughing, headaches, inability to catch breath, continual sore throats, bronchitis and colds requiring children to stay home from school. In some cases the breathing difficulty has gone into asthma attacks requiring emergency-room treatment."

Recent exposure to fine particle pollution linked to lupus disease activity 25 October 2010
Small, airborne particles released from vehicles may within days of exposure spark lupus symptoms in those with the disease

'Test Your Lungs Day' in Armidale 25 October 2010
provided a good opportunity to increase awareness of lung health...

Clean Air, Cool Climate Forum 2010 21 October 2010
Audio-video of speakers at Clean Air, Cool Climate Forum can be viewed online at the NSW DECC website.

Air pollution exposure increases risk of severe COPD 19 October 2010
Long term exposure to low-level air pollution may increase the risk of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to researcher s in Denmark. While acute exposure of several days to high level air pollution was known to be a risk factor for exacerbation in pre-existing COPD, until now there had been no studies linking long-term air pollution exposure to the development or progression of the disease.

Link between air pollution and breast cancer in Montreal 6 October 2010
Journal article.
See also the latest report from the Breast Cancer Fund - State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment

Air pollution alters immune function, worsens asthma symptoms 5 October 2010
Children who sleep in bedrooms with fumes from water-based paints and solvents are two to four times more likely to suffer allergies or asthma, according to a new scientific study.

Respiratory effects of low Nox unflued gas heaters in the classroom October 2010
Studied 400 primary school children in NSW schools. Exposure to the unflued gas heaters was associated with increased cough reported in the evening and wheeze reported in the morning; the association with wheeze was greater in atopic subjects.

Are dust, smoke and exhaust really killing thousands of people each year? 24 September 2010
Looks at the recent report by the US EPA which was the first to establish a causal relationship between early death and fine particulate matter.

Traffic pollution tied to increased emphysema risk 24 September 2010


Western Australia's outdoor anti-smoking laws in force 22 September 2010


Domestic coal and wood burning increase lung cancer risk 15 September 2010
Compared to non-solid fuel users, predominant coal users in Asia, and wood-burning users in N. America and Europe,experience higher risks of lung cancer. This study supports the classification by the International Agency for Research on Cancer of in-home wood combustion as probably carcinogenic (Group 2A) to humans.

Proposed Clean Air Regulation 2010 24 August 2010

NSW Action For Air 19 August 2010
Clean Air Forum 2010

Air quality and chronic disease 16 July 2010
Why action on climate change is also good for health

Woodsmoke increases risk of COPD in smokers 1 July 2010
The first scientific study in US on the effects of wood smoke in smokers shows that wood smoke is associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and has identified a link that increases the risk for reduced lung function in cigarette smokers.

Australia's Health 2010 23 June 2010
The 12th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It's the nation's premier source of statistics and informed commentary on: determinants of health and keys to prevention; diseases and injury; how health varies across population groups; health across the life stages; health services, expenditure and workforce; the health sector's performance

Fireplace smoke health hazard in Newport 19 June 2010
Since the weather started to cool, Alison Harvey has been struggling to breathe as her neighbours start lighting their fireplaces again.

Air pollution may trigger cardiac arrest 3 June 2010
The dirtier the air, the more likely people are to suffer sudden cardiac arrest, new research from Australia shows..

Healthy hearts need clean air 2 June 2010
A medical perspective from the David Suzuki Institute on current environmental issues and the implications for your health.

Doctor knows firsthand the effects of smoke on lungs 14 May 2010
Dr. Mark Miller has seen firsthand how wood smoke can affect the lungs of Butte County's youngest residents.
As a Chico pediatrician for 13 years, he treated many local infants and children exposed to smoke from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces.

Evidence growing of air pollution’s link to heart disease, death 10 May 2010
The scientific evidence linking air pollution to heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular death has “substantially strengthened,” and people, particularly those at high cardiovascular risk, should limit their exposure, according to an updated American Heart Association scientific statement...

Teenager killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from woodheater 6 May 2010
A badly installed woodstove was blamed for the tragic death of a teenager in the UK.

Concern over dust from coal-mining 13 Apr 2010
Last night's ABC Four Corners program "A Dirty Business" featured a story on the effect dust from surrounding coal mines is having on the air quality in Singleton in ...

Impact of air pollution on asthma in Australia 7 April 2010
A new report examining the relationship between exposure to air pollution and asthma has been released (22 March 2010) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Christchurch clean air plan reaches key milestone 4 Apr 2010
A ban on the use of open fires and solid fuel burners that are 15 years or older starts on Thursday, April 1 in Christchurch.

Greens call for more action on woodsmoke in the A.C.T. 19 Mar 2010
Greens Member for Brindabella, Amanda Bresnan MLA, will introduce a motion into the legislative assembly on Wednesday to address the unacceptably high levels of wood smoke in the Tuggeranong Valley

Armidale releases draft Air Quality policy for public comment 16 Mar 2010
Armidale-Dumaresq Council has placed the Draft Sustainable Domestic Energy Use and Local Air Quality Policy on public exhibition for community feedback.