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One person regulating a killer of 3,300 people

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One person regulating a killer of 3,300 people

Air pollution kills costs $38.8b and kills 3,300 NZers each year, but just one staffer in MoE regulates it; Raglan Food goes for planetary labelling; Lodestone plans eight more solar farms

TL;DR: The public health costs of human-caused air pollution in Aotearoa-NZ is estimated at $38.8 billion a year because it kills 3,300 people each year, which is almost ten times more than the death toll on roads from accidents. Yet the Ministry for the Environment has just one staff member monitoring and regulating it.

Meanwhile, in good news, Raglan Food has started using a planetary effects labelling system and Lodestone Energy is raising funds for another eight solar farms.

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Six things of note this morning

1. One person to monitor a public health threat three times worse than the road toll

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