Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore said the World Health Organisation had cited air pollution as the single largest environmental danger to public health globally. It is responsible for an estimated 4.2 million deaths per year due to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and chronic respiratory diseases.
“It is an increasingly important issue for cities, as the major source of human-induced air pollution is combustion of fuels in vehicles,” Cr Moore said, adding nitrogen and sulphur-based pollutants and atmospheric particulate matter were of particular concern.
“As elected representatives, we have a duty to our community to make sure the quality of the air we are all breathing every day is safe and acceptable. We can’t fulfil this if we can’t measure it.”
Mr Kean said staff from the state and city governments would also investigate a site for a second monitoring station in the CBD. The installations were part of the Berejiklian government’s Clean Air Program, a scheme that will result in more monitors introduced across NSW.