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Call that pollution?

By Marilyn Campton

We’ve been called the Lucky Country, and that certainly seems to be true as far as pollution is concerned, with a study based on World Health Organisation (WHO) data showing that Australia enjoys the least polluted urban areas, followed by Brunei and New Zealand.

According to the WHO, the average concentration of PM 2.5* particles in the world’s most polluted city – India’s Delhi – is 150 micrograms per cubic metre of air. By contrast, Australia’s average is 5.7. Estonia is Europe’s top performing nation, followed by Finland and Iceland.

*PM 2.5 refers to fine particles produced by combustion, including motor vehicles, power plants, forest fires and industrial processes.

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