Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research

An NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence

We are a virtual centre that brings together more than 40 researchers from around Australia and internationally to pursue collaborative research projects and translate our research into practice. Our research aims to understand the health impacts of air pollution and new energy sources.


Our vision is for a healthier community through cleaner air and cleaner energy sources.  

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Even Low Levels of Air Pollution Are Harmful to Health

Growing evidence outlined in a newly published position statement from CAR, and led by Professor Graeme Zosky from the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research, shows that even very low levels of air pollution are harmful to our health.

Professor Zosky said this finding has important implications for how air pollution is regulated in Australia.

“It has been firmly established that increases in air pollution are harmful to our health.”

see latest review published in the MJA

20 April, 2021

How effective are HEPA cleaners during smoke events?

CAR researchers recently assessed the effectiveness of portable high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cleaners during a prolonged smoke event. HEPA cleaners were installed in the main library in Port Macquarie between August and October 2019. The library contained substantially better air quality compared with outdoor air quality when HEPA cleaners were operating.

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14 April, 2021

Links between exposure to air pollution and sensitivity to allergens in children

CAR researchers investigated links between exposure to air pollution and sensitivity to common allergens in children. They found that increasing exposure to nitrogen dioxide was associated with greater sensitisation to house dust mites. This is the first national study to evaluate associations between nitrogen dioxide and children's sensitivity to allergies.  

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8 March, 2021

Air quality thresholds do not adequately protect Australians

According to CAR researchers the current mechanism for setting air quality thresholds in Australia does not adequately protect community health.  The standards provides only partial health protection and adversely impacts community perceptions by implying that the current standards represent a ‘safe’ level of exposure.

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15 February, 2021

The Role of Traffic-Related Air Pollution on Neurodegenerative Diseases in Older People

CAR researchers have conducted a review on the role that traffic-related air pollution may play in neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Current research has provided mixed findings and longer-term studies are needed to confirm the levels of risk and other contributing environmental factors. Better understanding of these relationships will help inform the development of preventive measures and reduce chronic cognitive and physical health burdens (cost, quality of life) at personal and societal levels.

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3 May, 2021

May webinar: Professor Mattheos Santamouris

Dial in and listen to Professor Mattheos Santamouris on 14 May 2021, Scientia Distinguished Professor of High-Performance Architecture at UNSW on research developments in the field of urban overheating, its impact on the city life.

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11 November, 2020

November webinar: Identifying smoke plumes

Watch our recording from 20 November, 2020 as we heard from Dr Alexandra Larssen from the USA EPA on a machine learning approach for detecting large fire smoke plumes in new generation satellite imagery. 

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27 March, 2021

March webinar: Dr Yvonne Scorgie

Watch our recording from 26 March 2021 as we heard from Dr Yvonne Scorgie, Science Leader at the NSW Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment. 

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17 February, 2021

February webinar: Professor Susan Thompson

Watch our recording from 26 February 2021 at 12:00-1:00 pm (Sydney time) to hear from Professor Susan Thompson, Head of City Wellbeing Program at UNSW City Futures Research Centre

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