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A new Greenpeace report has confirmed that three of the top 100 hotspots for toxic sulfur dioxide pollution are right here in Australia.
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New report: Australia a hotspot for toxic sulfur dioxide
A new Greenpeace report has revealed that Australia is ranked 12th on the list of the top human-caused sulfur dioxide hotspots as tracked by NASA satellites.
Toxic sulfur dioxide pollution can cause childhood asthma, heart and lung disease, dementia and fertility problems.
Power stations burning coal and oil along with industrial smelters are responsible for two-thirds of human-caused toxic sulfur dioxide emissions tracked by NASA satellites.
Unlike other countries, there are no legislated limits on how much sulfur dioxide Australian coal power stations are allowed to emit.
Ageing coal-burning power stations in Australia are allowed to emit up to almost 12 times more sulfur dioxide than old power stations in China.
Industrial smelting and the burning of coal, oil and gas are the leading causes of toxic sulfur dioxide pollution in Australia.
Sulfur dioxide hotspot in NSW:
This toxic sulfur dioxide plume potentially impacts
Sulfur dioxide hotspot in Victoria:
Sulfur dioxide hotspot in Queensland:
What environment ministers need to do:
Want to learn more? Read the full report here.
The above figures do not include the much greater number of people affected by secondary sulfur dioxide pollution not shown on these maps.
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Authorised by Dom Rowe, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Sydney.
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