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  • Air pollution On this page: Types of pollutants Government sets air quality objectives Measures for ensuring standards are met Sources of pollution EPA control programs and future air quality trends Clean air is made up of nitrogen, oxygen and argon, with traces of other gases such as carbon dioxide. Air pollutants mainly come from the discharges of gases and particles, mostly from industry, motor vehicles and domestic wood burning. There are also natural sources such as wi... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/air-pollution Last updated on 6 Jan 2016
  • Protecting Victoria’s air EPA helps protect Victoria’s air quality through statutory tools including environmental laws, policies and Regulations, and by working in partnership with Victorian communities, including businesses, government, individuals and groups. Air state environment protection policies Air quality in Victoria is protected by two state environment protection policies or SEPPs, which are adopted by government to protect Victoria's air environment: State Environment Protection Policy (Ambie... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/protecting-victorias-air Last updated on 15 May 2013
  • Air quality in the home There are four major factors to consider when assessing the air quality of a home environment in Victoria: distance from pollution sources the effect of sea breezes local terrain indoor air quality. Apart from bushfire smoke and windblown dust, most of Melbourne's air quality problems are associated with emissions from transport, industry, and commercial and domestic activity. Therefore, living further away from the city will generally improve the quality of your air. T... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/air-quality-in-the-home Last updated on 29 Oct 2014
  • Air Quality For Kids (closed) Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) closed the Air Quality For Kids website on 1 April 2016. Most of the content that was on the site is now available in the Air section of our website. For up-to-date monitoring of air quality around Victoria, see EPA AirWatch.... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/air-quality-for-kids Last updated on 15 Feb 2017
  • Effects of smoke On this page: Air quality impacts from planned burning in Victoria Assessing the effect of smoke on air quality Monitoring fine particles Health categories for fine particles How to self-assess air quality during smoky conditions Cautionary health advice What to do in the event of a bushfire Links Smoke from bushfires, planned burns and other sources can impact air quality. Small particles in smoke usually cause the most concern. Sm... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/effects-of-smoke Last updated on 12 Apr 2017
  • Melbourne’s air quality Melbourne’s air quality has improved since the 1980s. Compared with similar cities in other countries, our air quality is relatively good. Particle pollution is currently the major issue needing attention, although other pollutants such as ozone are also of concern. Air quality is consistently ranked by the community as an important environmental issue. Measuring improvement in air quality When EPA began air monitoring in Melbourne and Geelong in 1973, air pollution was getting worse. We s... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/melbournes-air-quality Last updated on 7 Jan 2016
  • Smog Smog is a problem in most large cities. It is caused by emissions from industry, motor vehicles, domestic wood combustion and other sources, accumulating under certain meteorological conditions. The term smog was first used during the 1950s to describe a mixture of smoke and fog. EPA can forecast days when smog will be a problem, and will issue appropriate alerts when necessary.... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/smog Last updated on 20 May 2015
  • Vehicle emissions and air quality Motor vehicles are the major source of urban air pollution. In Melbourne in 2006, motor vehicle emissions contributed the following levels of pollutants to the overall air quality: 72 per cent of all carbon monoxide (CO) emissions 70 per cent of all nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions 28 per cent of all volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions 31 per cent of all emissions of particles smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) 27 per cent of all emissions of par... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/vehicle-emissions-and-air-quality Last updated on 26 Feb 2016
  • Wood burning and air quality The smoke from wood heaters and open fireplaces can pollute the air we breathe, especially in autumn and winter. By following some tips you can reduce smoke pollution from your wood heater. Buying the right wood heater, and using and maintaining it well, is important for the health and safety of you and your family. It may well also be an important issue for your neighbours. It may affect their health and enjoyment of their home and quality of life. If your neighbour’s wood heater is p... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/wood-burning-and-air-quality Last updated on 15 May 2013
  • Climate change The Earth’s climate has changed over the last century. Warming of the climate system is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level. Increases in average temperatures have been seen around the globe and there is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming observed in the last 50 years is due to human activities. Climate change will alter global and local climates. ... http://www.www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/climate-change Last updated on 27 Nov 2012

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