Sulfur dioxide pollution in many places in Australia is serious, ranking it in the world's XNUMXth!
According to a report from Channel 7, according to the latest report from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the La Trobe Valley in Victoria and the Hunter Valley in NSW have entered the list of the top XNUMX hotspots for sulfur dioxide pollution in the world.
Australia is the world's 12th largest emitter of sulfur dioxide. Sulfur dioxide emissions mainly come from burning fossil fuels and copper smelting.
The Greenpeace report shows that India is the largest sulphur dioxide emitter, followed by Russia, China, Mexico and Iran.
There are many hot spots of sulfur dioxide pollution in Australia. The most serious source is the integrated mining area of Mount Isa in Queensland, involving lead and copper smelters. At least one coal-fired power station exists around other pollution hotspots, including La Trobe Valley, Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie in NSW.
These areas sound isolated. However, the Greenpeace report shows that Victoria's sulfur dioxide pollution hotspot covers 47 residents, while NSW covers 170 million residents.
Greenpeace Australia-Pacific activist Jonathan Moylan (Jonathan Moylan) said that these figures are quite significant because air pollution causes 4,000 premature deaths each year, more than the number of road traffic accident deaths.
Currently, the Australian federal government, state and territory environmental authorities are reviewing Australia's sulfur dioxide emission standards. Australia’s current sulfur dioxide emission standards are 10 times higher than the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.