This report reviews the air quality management system set up in Beijing, conducts quantitative assessments of the pollution reduction effects in selected areas, and analyzes the new challenges Beijing faces, and provides recommendations for further improvement of air quality.
This update to the Global Mercury Assessment 2013 provides the most recent information available for the worldwide emissions to air, releases to water, and transport of chemical element in atmospheric and aquatic environments.
This review found growing evidence of direct health impacts, as well as a clear potential for indirect impacts of gas and oil mining on essential environmental determinants of health, including a stable climate, air quality, water quality, water security, food security, community cohesion and, in...
This report estimates the health burden of air pollution from individual coal-fired power stations in NSW. It is significant new research made possible by recent studies of particle characterisation and atmospheric transport of pollution.
Plastic pollution, both land-based and in our oceans, is one of the most significant environmental challenges the world faces. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has even called it a critical problem, comparable to climate change.
The burden of air pollution rests disproportionately on the shoulders of poorer Australians. This report shows 90% of polluting facilities reported in the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) are in postcodes with low-middle weekly household incomes.
This consultation seeks views from the public and interested parties on whether New Zealand should sign up to an international treaty for the prevention of air emissions from ships.
This discussion paper invites public comment to inform the review of the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI). As the review will have a significant effect on the future operations of the NPI, this paper will be of interest to stakeholders from government, industry, non-government organisations and...
A small environmental organization has taken on Germany’s powerful auto industry in court and has begun winning limited bans on heavily polluting diesel vehicles. Some analysts say this may be the beginning of the end for diesel automobiles in Germany and the European Union.
The health impacts of air pollution are increasingly recognised, with the main sources being transport, electricity generation and biomass burning. There is extensive public debate about the transition of the electricity sector away from coal-fired generation, but the health effects are not being heard in...
Air quality is the leading global environmental risk factor for disease. This article focuses on the evidence for the need to develop effective air quality policies for the Pacific Islands region. Factors that have influenced the success and failures of previous and existing environmental policies...
Buildings consume nearly 40% of primary energy production globally. Certified green buildings substantially reduce energy consumption on a per square foot basis and they also focus on indoor environmental quality. However, the co-benefits to health through reductions in energy and concomitant reductions in air pollution...
This discussion paper seeks input from all Victorians on design of a ban of single-use, lightweight plastic shopping bags. It also seeks input on managing other plastic pollution.
More than three quarters of pollution flowing into New Zealand's freshwater catchments comes through small streams that currently aren't required to be fenced off, according to this study.
China faces a multitude of issues related to air, water and soil pollution. These issues will impinge on its ability to continue to expand its agricultural sector.
Summary of results from a survey, conducted by Environmental Justice Australia, to feed into reform of the Environment Protection Act and EPA.
The report is in two sections. The first is a summary report written from my Office with the assistance of the Departmental Science Advisors from the Department of Conservation and the Ministry for the Environment. This overview avoids technical detail but tries to explain the...
The Independent Inquiry into Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) was undertaken over ten months from June 2015 to March 2016 by a Ministerial Advisory Committee chaired by Penny Armytage. The inquiry made 48 recommendations to government about how the EPA can be equipped to meet...
In 2016, an independent review of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 found that the regulation of the quality of fuel supplied in Australia had led to a quantifiable reduction in the level of pollutants and emissions arising from the use of fuel.