Air Pollution Rates in Australia Found to Have Doubled in the Past Decade

Published Date : May 28, 2014

Pollution resulting from coal mining activities calls for the primary source of air pollution in Australia and if sources are to b believed, it is increasing at an alarming rate in the country. For the past decade, pollution has rose to double its level found before the 10 years time span studied by the National Pollutant Inventory report published by the country’s federal government.

Pollution due to coal mining and coal burning in many countries is already an issue of global concern, for it has significant effects on the quality of air to the extent that it is rendered improper for continuous breathing and invokes many health issues. Now that Australia also seems to join the league of countries facing air pollution issues, it seems that the problem of pollution is not only felt by a few developing nations but also the far stretched countries of the world that were once considered clean, albeit comparatively.

Now, the report mentions that in the last ten years time, the release of particulate matters of harmful elements such as lead, fluoride and arsenic have increased by 150 to 200 percent. The most polluted states in terms of air contaminated with particulate matters of dust was found to be Queensland - a state where most of the country’s worst coal mine emitters are found to be located.

The report found that coal mining contributed around 380,000 tonnes of the total 830,000 tonnes of particulate substances dispersed in air during 2012-13. These tiny particles of dust and elements that are harmful to the human body can be directly breathed in and thus are a major issue of concern. Breathing of these particles in excess amounts can lead to a range of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
Such huge rise in pollution figures sure rings warning bells to the country on the need for having a proper control over the sources leading to air pollution.