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Recent scientific research has drawn strong links between air pollution and adverse health, particularly in susceptible parts of the community which include children, the elderly and sick.
Common effects of air pollution include changes in heart and lung functions with increases in associated medical conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and heart disease. Air pollution also contains compounds which can affect the nervous system and are carcinogenic.
The Standing Council on Environment and Water has recently released the findings of a study into the effects of air pollution on children's respiratory health, The Australian Child Health and Air Pollution Study (ACHAPS). The aim of the study was to provide information for the revision of the Ambient Air Quality National Environment Protection Measure (AAQ NEPM).
The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) is a database that provides information on the pollutants being emitted to air from a range of industrial, commercial, transport and household activities.
Some research has found that the adverse health effects of air pollution has a real cost to the community through increased hospital admissions and premature deaths.
The NPI also provides information on the types and amounts of certain pollutants and their impact on human health and the environment.
Last modified: 18/03/2013 10:18 am