Posted September 14, 2018 06:01:03 A new study has found that coal is the main contributor to air pollution in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Key points:New study found that most of Australia’s pollution comes from coal burning in the country’s south and northDr.
Stephen A O’Connor, a lecturer in environmental and energy science at the University of Sydney, said coal could also be blamed for air pollution elsewhere in the worldDr O’Connors findings have been praised by the Australian Government, with the Prime Minister’s office saying they showed Australia was on the right path in tackling air pollutionDr O”Connor, who conducted the study with Professor David Widdowson of the University, said it was not yet clear why Australia had such high levels of coal pollution, but that coal use was probably the most important driver of the pollution.
“We can’t rule out that other emissions of CO2 and other pollutants may be contributing to this,” Dr O’Donnell said.
“But the fact that coal and other fossil fuels contribute to most of the CO2 emissions in the air, and that the emissions have been increasing, suggests that they may be the most significant contributors to the increase in air pollution.”
Dr OConnor said he expected more research into the impact of coal on air quality in Australia, and said Australia had to “take action now to limit CO2 levels”.
“Australia’s carbon dioxide emissions are now around 500,000 tonnes a year, and coal-fired power generation accounts for about 30 per cent of those emissions,” he said.
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