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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

11 April 2006

Research funds to clear the air


Research into Australia's most critical air quality issues will receive a $1.4 million boost, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today.

Senator Campbell said 13 research projects – which would investigate air quality issues such as photochemical smog, the health costs of air pollution, and the links with climate change – would be funded through the Australian Government's three-year Sustainable Cities Clean Air Research Programme.

“These projects will look at key air pollutants and where they come from,” he said. “They will also suggest practical ways to reduce their harmful impacts.

“It is vital for us to have high quality research if we are to understand and manage the impacts of air pollution in Australia.

“Although we largely enjoy better air quality than America and Europe, ambient levels of particles and ozone continue to be a concern, particularly in major Australian cities.

“The research projects I am announcing today will help expand our knowledge of major pollutants, such as particles and ground level ozone, and will increase our understanding of the chief sources of air pollution, such as motor vehicles and wood heaters.”

Senator Campbell said projects to be funded would investigate:

“Research funded through the Clean Air Research Programme will ensure that Australia remains a world leader in tackling the problems that cause poor air quality,” Senator Campbell said.

For more information go the list of successful projects below or to: http://www.deh.gov.au/atmosphere/airquality/carp/index.html

Media Contact:
Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434


Clean Air Research Programme

Successful projects

Ozone and photochemical smog management

Vehicle emissions

Woodheater emissions

Health costs of air pollution

Estimating exposure to air pollution

Other

Commonwealth of Australia