Until last summer most Australians probably felt that air pollution was one problem we didn’t have. But by the first week of January, we were being warned to stay indoors to avoid the bushfire smoke.
That smoke was so bad that on some days, Melbourne’s air pollution was the worst in the world.
The smoke drifted away over time, but so too did our confidence that Australia’s air was always clean. And the reality is that, for much of Australia, the air hasn’t been clean for a long time.
And Victoria’s Andrews Government and their Environment Protection Authority (EPA) are failing to deal with a major source of the state’s air pollution – brown coal power stations.
Our air might look and smell clean, but it contains tiny soot…