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Why Darwin is the air pollution capital of Australia

Unpacking human health and savanna fire management trade-offs
Presenter Prof Fay Johnston and Prof David Bowman
Contact person E:
Location Savanna Room, Yellow 1 level 2 room 48 at CDU Casuarina Campus
And online via Zoom (see below for Zoom link)
All times are ACST
Open to Public
Composite image of Professor David Bowman and Prof Fay Johnston, both head and shoulders

Darwin has the worst air quality of any capital city in Australia. This pollution has demonstrable public health harms, including contributing to the burden of chronic diseases and premature deaths in the region.

The primary source of the pollution is smoke from regional bushfires. Recent programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions changed seasonal patterns of area burned since around 2012, with an observable trend towards increased pollution in the early dry season.

In the seminar ‘Why Darwin is the air pollution capital of Australia: Unpacking human health and savanna fire management trade-offs’, two speakers will discuss issues for consideration for improving Darwin’s air quality to benefit human and environmental health.

Prof Fay Johnston is the Director of the Centre for Safe Air, which is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence; holds a research chair in Environmental Health at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research; and is a Senior Specialist Medical Advisor in the Tasmanian Department of Health.

Prof David Bowman is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and the Director of the transdisciplinary Fire Centre in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Tasmania, where he holds a research chair in Pyrogeography and Fire Science.

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