Engine Idling – Time to Cut the Habit?

The transport sector is responsible for almost 20% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions, making it our second-largest polluter. Some of this pollution occurs when we are not even on the move. Imagine, you’re sitting in your car outside the school gates and the kids are running late again… Do you switch the engine off while you wait? Or leave it running? It may seem like a small decision, but “engine idling” carries significant health implications especially when it occurs in concentrated areas. The good news is that we as individuals can have a positive influence on the stats – and save on fuel costs at the same time. The Daily spoke with Clare Walter – Public Health PhD Candidate at The University of Queensland – about her findings.


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