Submit your question for the experts attending our September 2013 Air Pollution and Health Forum. Vote for the best questions (you get 5 votes).
Given the health damage caused by PM10 and PM 2.5s, is it satisfactory for our leaders to aim for only a small reduction to exposure, such as 10% or 20%? Should some sources of particles such as the burning of wood for heating/BBQs, be phased out altogether?
Emissions inventories and air pollution monitoring data indicate that smoke from woodheaters is a major source of fine particles and other air toxics in many parts of Australia including the Hunter. The recent Senate enquiry noted that tackling woodsmoke would achieve 66% of the benefits for just 1% of the costs of meeting air quality standards. Shouldn't addressing this preventable health issue be a No 1 priority?
e.g. diesel used in extracting and transporting coal
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