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Australia Sydney smoke a 'public health emergency'

16:30  15 december  2019
16:30  15 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Doctors, nurses and medical scientists have united to declare bushfire-related air pollution in NSW a public emergency and call on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to put health at the forefront of real climate action.

A joint statement signed by 22 health and medical organisations says the levels of air pollution in the state in recent weeks and what's expected in the immediate future "remain hazardous to people's health".

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"There is no safe level of air pollution," the statement released on Monday says.

"This is a public health emergency. Governments have a responsibility to protect the people they represent."

The alliance states air pollution was linked to diseases throughout life including impaired lung development in children, heart disease, lung cancer and premature births.

It said the federal and NSW governments must prioritise action to reduce health risks from bushfire smoke.

Firefighters hose down a burning woodpile during a bushfire in Werombi, 50km south west of Sydney, Friday, December 6, 2019. © AAP Firefighters hose down a burning woodpile during a bushfire in Werombi, 50km south west of Sydney, Friday, December 6, 2019.

"We call on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to demonstrate the leadership this public health emergency demands and to implement measures to help alleviate the health and climate crisis," it says.

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  Qantas Sydney to Perth flight evacuated at airport after smoke fills cabin Passengers were evacuated onto the tarmac of Sydney Airport after a Qantas plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to the cabin filling with smoke. A Sydney to Perth flight departed just after 10:00am on Sunday and was 30 minutes into the flight when the captain announced the plane had to turn around due to mid-flight hydraulic issues.Passengers told the ABC that while the plane was on the runway, smoke began to fill the cabin."We were on the runway waiting to be towed in and we started to smell burning," Dillon Parker said."That's when the cabin crew got us out.

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The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, the Australian College for Emergency Medicine, the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and Lung Foundation Australia are among the signatories.

The peak bodies for specialist doctors, dietitians, Victorian medical scientists and social workers also signed.

The Australian Medical Association is not a signatory but did join UK and US counterparts in September in recognising climate change as a "health emergency".

The Climate and Health Alliance, which led the production of the letter, said climate change was going to get much worse.

"The immediate crisis is a really a sign of things to come and that is not being talked about," CAHA executive director Fiona Armstrong told AAP.

"These events are going to become more and more frequent and the concern is that neither the NSW or federal governments are coming clean about that."

The former nurse said Australia needed to play its part in reducing global emissions to combat climate change.

"Denial of this problem has not served us well," she said

"We are a blocker not a leader on these issues, despite being one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change."

Sydney Airport faces major delays due to smoke and wind .
Thick smoke and strong winds from the southerly change have caused delays of about one hour at both the domestic and international terminals. Strong southerly winds have made it too difficult to land or take-off.https://twitter.com/9NewsAUS/status/1208291762470408194The number of runways in use has been drastically reduced.Check the Sydney Airport's website for details on flight delays.

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