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The links below are to media stories related to MTAG’s campaign.


8 May – Pollution ‘sparks 10% rise in cancer cases’: Fumes thought to be responsible for nearly 30,000 diagnoses in Britain – The Daily Mail

5 May – Diesel ban? Clean Air Zone expansion could see diesel cars charged to enter UK cities – Auto Express

3 May – Air pollution, Europe’s largest environmental health hazard – EU Observer

1 May – Musk says Tesla Semi will Outmode Diesel Truck – ATN

26 April – Dr Karl: The real costs of air pollution – ABC News

26 April – Pollution nanoparticles may enter your blood and cause disease – New Scientist

26 April – Air pollution: ‘Heart disease link found’ – BBC News

21 April – Toyota Announces Kenworth-Based Hydrogen Truck – ATN

20 April – Zero emissions truck manufacturers working to run dirty diesel off the road – Moving Forward Network

19 April – Got A Runny Nose All The Time? Air Pollution Could Be The Cause – Huffington Post

17 April – Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner’s death, say researchers – The Guardian

13 April – The death of diesel: has the one-time wonder fuel become the new asbestos? – The Guardian

13 April – Tesla will unveil electric lorry in September – BBC News

11 April – New evidence links particulate matter air pollution to breast cancer – Moving Forward Network

10 April – Yes, we’re letting diesel cars choke our kids. Here’s how we got in this mess – The Guardian

5 April – Evidence mounting that air pollution is a growing health risk – The North West Star

2 April – Fox at war over CityLink toll increases – Herald Sun

29 March – Air pollution exposure may increase risk of dementia – Moving Forward Network 

27 March – Testing hybrid trucks in Sweden – American Journal of Transportation

22 March – Police blitz nabs ‘alarming’ number of truck drivers under influence of drugs – The Age

22 March – Truck drivers test positive to drugs during police road safety blitz – Leader

21 March – Sideguards for Metro tunnel trucks in bid to save cyclists’ lives – The Age

16 March – Port of Melbourne expansion could spark war with residents, experts warn – The Age

15 March – Port Rail Shuttle: the Continuing Case for Action! – Habitat Trust

9 March – Here comes the pollution pram – BBC News

6 March – WHO chief: Air pollution link to 600,000 deaths in children – BBC News

5 March – What does air pollution do to our bodies? – BBC News

3 March – Air pollution leads to more drug resistant bacteria, study finds – The Guardian

1 March – Diesel ban in Germany one step closer after court decision – Client Earth

25 February – Revealed: thousands of children at London schools breathe toxic air – The Guardian

23 February – Port of Oakland: Big-rig smog checks reflect change in trucking industry – The Mercury News

23 February – Air pollution affects preterm birthrates globally, study finds – Washington Post

20 February – London’s air was the ‘silent killer’ of my daughter, claims mother – Evening Standard

19 February – A push for diesel leaves London gasping amid record air pollution – Sydney Morning Herald

19 February – Dirty diesel ‘doubles risk of dementia’ – The Sunday Times

17 February – Across the country, in big cities and small towns, kids attend schools so close to busy roads that traffic exhaust poses a health risk – The Center for Public Integrity

17 February – Linfox looks to suburban streets to avoid CityLink’s truck toll – Herald Sun

17 February – Businesses furious at new truck tolls – 3AW

14 February – Port officials weigh options to clean the air: Natural gas or electric? – Los Angeles Daily News

7 February – Transurban grows confident on Western Distributor – The Age

6 February – Consumers will pay more when CityLink truck tolls soar on April 1, industry warns – The Age

1 February – Viewpoint: The trouble with diesel – BBC News

31 January – Air pollution may lead to dementia in older women – University of Southern California

26 January – Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer’s, dementia – ScienceMag

24 January – This Is What Air Pollution Is Doing To Your Body – Huffington Post

19 January – Australia needs stricter rules to curb air pollution, but there’s a lot we could all do now – The Conversation

17 January – Victorian EPA to be overhauled almost three years after Hazelwood coal mine fire – ABC News

17 January – Environment Protection Authority to be overhauled in move to crack down on polluters – The Age

16 January – Diesel cars to be banned from Oslo city centre – Financial Times

12 January – Australia’s love affair with diesel engines comes with a deadly legacy –

9 January – London air pollution kills about 10,000 people annually – ABC News

5 January – Living near heavy traffic increases risk of dementia, say scientists – The Guardian

5 January – Dementia rates ‘higher near busy roads’ – BBC News

5 January – Living near busy roads increases dementia risk: Lancet study – The Age

2 January – Health experts slam Turnbull government’s air pollution proposals – The Age

January – Is Your Noisy Neighbourhood Slowly Killing You? – Mother Jones


27 December – Clean air zones: the story so far – Freight in the City

18 December – Your diesel car may be more poisonous than first thought – The New Daily

18 December – The dangers of diesel exhaust – Safety and Health

16 December – ‘Negligent’ Government could be sued by Londoners over capital’s toxic air – Evening Standard

15 December – Breathe less … or ban cars: cities have radically different responses to pollution – The Guardian

14 December – Take a deep breath – here’s what 2016 revealed about the deadly dangers of air pollution – The Conversation

14 December – Why Are Doctors Speaking Up Against Diesel? – Huffington Post

9 December – Diesel cars face total ban in four of the world’s biggest cities by 2025 – ITV

9 December – Air pollution impairs function of blood vessels in lungs – Science Daily

6 December – New childcare centre approved on Yarraville petrol station site – Star Weekly

6 December – Street lamps light the way for air pollution monitoring and smoke detection – The Age

2 December – Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles by 2025 – BBC

28 November – Diesel exhaust fumes give children asthma – Environmental Transport Association

27 November – Traffic fumes give asthma to children – The Times

24 November – Diesel pollution blamed for 12,000 early deaths a year – The Times

11 November – Rail vital for new Melbourne container terminal, says industry group leader – Rail Page

21 October – London Is Going to Ban the Deadliest Trucks From Its Streets – Streets Blog USA

28 October – Port Of Oakland Touts Reduction Of Diesel Emissions – CBS SF Bay Area

26 October – Air pollution damages arteries of even healthy young adults, new study shows – Independent 

25 October – Air Pollution’s Toll on Heart May Begin Early – New York Times

21 October – London Is Going to Ban the Deadliest Trucks From Its Streets – StreetsBlog USA

October – Cleaner Safe Air Needs You! – Pursuit

October – PM2.5 Exposure and Intrauterine Inflammation: A Possible Mechanism for Preterm and Underweight Birth – Environmental Health Perspectives

6 September – Toxic air pollution particles found in human brains – The Guardian

6 September – Air pollution particles found inside human brains – CNN

6 September – Researchers believe there is a link to air pollution and development of Alzheimer’s disease – i24 News

5 September – Could air pollution cause brain damage? – BBC News

29 August – Roads deal threatens Melbourne’s live – The Age

28 August – Revealed: What really causes you to snore and feel sleepy during the day – Mirror

24 August – Air pollution threat hidden as research ‘presumes people are at home’: study – The Guardian

21 August – The eco guide to air pollution – The Guardian

9 August – New Study Examines Effect of Air Pollution on Those With Early Stage Lung Cancer – Cure

3 August – Seoul to limit old diesel vehicles to fight air pollution – Reuters

1 August – Diesel Is On The Rise, And So Are The Health Risks – Gizmodo

July – Air pollution in perspective: Health risks of air pollution expressed in equivalent numbers of passively smoked cigarettes – Science Direct

29 July – City of London to stop buying diesel vehicles in boost for pollution battle – Evening Standard

25 July – Long Beach port gives $46 million to community to battle pollution, environmental damage – Los Angeles Daily News

19 July – Warning not to let Transurban toll road crowd out tram plan for west – The Age

15 July – Air pollution causes wrinkles and premature ageing, new research shows – The Guardian

5 July – Cotton Mills business owners in a spin over plan to build tollway next door – The Age

1 July – Sweden opens its first electric road, to help power heavy transport – Renew Economy

27 June – IEA Warns Air Pollution to Kill Millions More If Policies Don’t Change – The Saturday Paper

24 June – Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong at odds over Western Distributor flyover ramps – Star Weekly

13 June – Air pollution linked to increased mental illness in children – The Guardian

12 June – Air pollution now a leading risk factor for stroke, global research finds – The Age

10 June – Air pollution now major contributor to stroke, global study finds – EurActiv

10 June – Urgent action needed to stop terrifying rise in air pollution, warns OECD – The Guardian

9 June – Air pollution may just be ruining your skin – Recombu

9 June – Air pollution to blame for a THIRD of strokes worldwide, say experts – Mirror

6 June – Gov’t targets diesel to decrease PM emissions – Korea Joongang Daily

31 May – Exposure to air pollutants linked to high blood pressure – American Heart Association News

25 May – Councils slam lack of Distributor detail – Star Weekly

24 May – Traffic-related air pollution exposure is associated with allergic sensitization, asthma, and poor lung function in middle age – Science Direct

24 May – NGT bans diesel vehicle registration in Kerala – livemint

24 May – Scientists Just Discovered Exactly What Air Pollution Does To Your Arteries – Climate Progress

19 May – Spotswood kinder fears Western Distributor will send trucks too close – Herald Sun

18 May – Why air pollution in schools is such a big deal – and what to do about it – The Conversation

17 May -Surprise! The air Near Major Ports is bad for Kids – Newsweek

18 May – Council conditionally backs Western Distributor – Star Weekly

16 May – Lawmakers pressure Port Authority to cut back on pollution – PIX11

12 May – This Is What Air Pollution Is Doing To Your Body – Huffington Post

12 May – Children in buggies ‘on front line’ of London pollution health risks – Evening Standard

12 May – Global Air Pollution Is on the Rise Despite Decades of Efforts to Stop It – Time

11 May – Air Pollution Linked To Other Cancers, Not Just Lung – Asian Scientist

6 May – Superfund sites make headlines but diesel exhaust is a real killer – Newsworks

1 May – Diesel fumes increase risk of numerous cancers, research warns – The Herald

29 April – Exposure to particulate air pollutants associated with numerous cancers – Birmingham University

28 April – Mild Air Pollution of Concern in Pregnancy – MedlinePlus

28 April – 1,000 Londoners killed in four months by the capital’s toxic air – Evening Standard

19 April – Air pollution will kill 200,000 people in the UK in the next five years – Mirror

18 April – More than 1,000 diesel cars caught without pollution filter, figures show – The Guardian

16 April – Lower Air Pollution Levels Linked To Fewer Asthma Symptoms, Respiratory Problems In Children – Medical Daily

13 April – ‘Ban all diesel vehicles from capital’s centre,’ say over half of Londoners – Evening Standard

12 April – Cleaner air in California may mean healthier kids: Study – United Press International

12 April – SoCal’s reduction in smog linked to major improvement in children’s respiratory health – USC News

12 April – Association of Changes in Air Quality With Bronchitic Symptoms in Children in California, 1993-2012 – The Journal of the American Medical Association

11 April – Even low levels of air pollution appear to affect a child’s lungs – EurekAlert!

9 April – Diesel Pollution Is Affecting Dozens of Communities. Will The EPA Act? – Huffington Post Australia

31 March – Researchers consider health risks of tiny air pollution particles – ABC News

31 March – Air pollution is costing the US more than $4 billion a year – Business Insider

29 March – Even before they start breathing, babies can be harmed by air pollution, scientists say – The Washington Post

29 March – Premature Births Linked To Air Pollution Cost More Than $4 Billion A Year – Huffington Post

30 March – How Air Pollution Affects Babies Before They’re Born – Mother Jones

28 March – Air pollution is the biggest danger to children’s health in London – Your Local Guardian

27 March – Diesel fumes poison babies in the womb – The Sunday Times

21 March – London parents see toxic air as ‘the biggest health threat to their children’ – Evening Standard

16 March – Air pollution not just bad for your lungs – Reuters

4 March – How much diesel pollution am I breathing in? – BBC News

1 March: The air could be making us fat – The New Daily

23 February: 295,000 US deaths may be prevented by 2030 with cuts to greenhouse gas – The Guardian

23 February: UK air pollution ‘linked to 40,000 early deaths a year’ – BBC News

20 February: Climate change politics is blinding us to the devastating effects of dirty air – The Guardian

16 February: More than 5 million people will die from this frightening cause – The Age

12 February: Flabber-gassed by our noxious air: can electric vehicles save us? – OECD Insights

13 February: Polluted air causes 5.5 million deaths a year new research says – BBC News

9 February: Babies exposed to air pollution in womb more likely to develop asthma: UBC study – Vancouver Metr

9 February: Air pollution exposure during pregnancy linked with asthma risk – University of British Columbia

9 February: Exposure to air pollution 30 years ago associated with increased risk of death – Imperial College London

9 February: Air pollution raises risk of death ‘for decades after exposure’ – The Guardian

9 February: People today are still dying early from high 1970s air pollution – New Scientist

31 January: Americans Are Breathing Easier and Living Longer Thanks to the Clean Air Act – Scientific American

29 January: The staggering economic cost of air pollution – The Washington Post

25 January: Diesel exhaust increases risk of rectal cancer, says Canadian study – Cantech Letter

20 January: You can’t ignore all that road noise: It could shorten your life – Los Angeles Times

17 January: Shock figures to reveal deadly toll of global air pollution – The Guardian

15 January: Air pollution and traffic fumes tied to infertility risk – Reuters

13 January: Air pollution at this level for 10 more years will put a generation at risk – The Guardian

10 January: Diesel fumes ‘biggest health catastrophe since Black Death’ as London exceeds yearly air pollution levels – in eight days – Independent

5 January: Supreme Court upholds ban on sale of large diesel vehicles in Delhi – Reuters

4 January: Environmental study for $5.5b road to start in weeks – but no final route set – The Age


31 December: Sydney air pollution exceeds national standards, NSW Environmental Protection Authority report shows – Sydney Morning Herald

21 December: Wider Shepherd Bridge to deliver cyclists to safer trails – The Age

16 December: River could be dammed, high-voltage towers moved for Transurban’s toll road – The Age

15 December: States divided, doctors disappointed as National Clean Air Agreement sets air pollution thresholds – Sydney Morning Herald

15 December:  Hopes fade of tougher air pollution standards at meeting of environment ministers – Sydney Morning Herald

15 December: Ministers to sign off on Australia’s first clean-air agreement – Radio National

8 December: Port of Melbourne lease in the balance as hostile opposition demands changes – The Age

8 December: Melbourne’s west needs the Distributor, but it needs better rail too – The Age

7 December: Trucks trump tracks in Melbourne port traffic – The Age

26 November: Huge variations in surgery and mental health treatment across Australia – The Age

23 November: Bracing seaside air could carry deadly pollution from ships – The Telegraph

14 November: 3000 deaths caused by air pollution each year prompt calls for tougher standards – Sydney Morning Herald

27 October: Air pollution stunting children’s lungs, study finds – The Telegraph

21 October: War of words over Western Distributor plans – Maribyrnong Star Weekly

17 October: Focus on air quality after Volkswagen data trickery – The Saturday Paper

28 September: Don’t be fooled by Dan Andrews’ port trickery – The Age

23 September: The rise of diesel in Europe: the impact on health and pollution – The Guardian

22 September: Environment ministers hope to implement Australia’s first National Clean Air Agreement by the end of the year – Radio National

22 September: VW’s ‘dirty diesel’ cover-up taints Germany and its car industry – The Age

18 September: EPA accuses Volkswagen of cheating Clean Air Act, orders recall – MSNBC

17 September: Broad Backing for Melbourne Container Rail System – Fully Loaded

17 September: Labor puts brakes on port rail project that would take 3500 trucks off road – The Age

17 September: Air pollution causes more than 3 million premature deaths a year worldwide – The Conversation

16 September: Study: Air Pollution Kills 3.3 Million Worldwide, May Double – abc news

16 September: Particulate Matters – New research suggests even small amounts of air pollution can make you sick – OnEarth

15 September: Diesel vehicles could be banned from cities to clean up killer air pollution – Evening Standard

13 September: Air pollution is like smoking a cigarette each day, doctors warn – Sydney Morning Herald

13 September: Diesel car drivers face new restrictions in cities – The Telegraph

02 September: What Other Cities Can Learn From the Failure of London’s Low Emission Zone – Citylab

30 August: Port of Melbourne privatisation: Costly deals clogging up Melbourne’s docks – The Age

19 August: Lack of rail driving Melbourne to lose ‘number one’ container port status – Sydney Morning Herald

28 July: TasRail touts $160m in savings moving freight from road to rail – ABC news

24 July: Bad air means lower grade point averages in Texas – Environmental Health News

16 July: Diesel cars: Is it time to switch to a cleaner fuel? – BBC

15 July: Invisible killer – need for better air quality standards is urgent – Sydney Morning Herald

29 June: Air Pollution makes your brain age faster, destroying white matter like a neurotoxin – Treehugger

24 June: The Terrifying Truth About Air Pollution and Dementia – Mother Jones

20 June: All choked up: did Britain’s dirty air make me dangerously ill? – The Guardian

10 June: Pollution from ships kills thousands each year – EurActiv

4 June: Air pollution below EPA standards linked with higher death rates – Science Daily

27 May: Maribyrnong mayor calls for Napier Street rail bridge action – Maribyrnong Star Weekly

26 May: Traffic noise could increase risk of fat around midriff, says Swedish study – The Guardian

26 May: How living with loud traffic noise can make you fatter – The Age

24 May: Study finds fine particulate air pollution associated with increased risk of autism – Times Online

22 May: Push to improve trucking safety – ABC Radio

30 April: Transurban’s shock-and-awe road proposal looks compelling – The Age

30 April: New roads plan revealed: Western Distributor tunnel to link West Gate and Citylink – 3AW

27 April: Now that the East West Link is gone, let’s replace it with better transport projects for Melbourne – The Age

21 April: Four cars damaged when truck carrying vehicles hits low bridge in Melbourne’s west – ABC news

25 March: Air pollution takes a double toll on babies’ brains – Los Angeles Times

24 March: Traffic-related air pollution linked to type 1 diabetes in children – EurActiv

16 March: Exposure to diesel exhaust may exacerbate respiratory diseases – News Medical

11 March: Air regulations shown to improve our children’s health – San Bernardino Sun

8 March: Nautical or nice? Port of Melbourne privatisation and progress of plans for second port explained – The Age

4 March: LA’s environmental success story: cleaner air, healthier kids – University of Southern California News

4 March: Children’s Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says – New York Times

3 March: Air Pollution Slows Cognitive Development In Children Due To Brain Inflammation – Medical Daily

15 February: GreenSpace: Save the heart by avoiding pollution – Philadelphia Inquirer

28 January: Clean diesel technology improves health – Diesel News

21 January: Distributor plan: Push to shift trucks off West Gate – The Age

9 January: Air pollution will scar health of London’s children – The Guardian

8 January: Ships, cargo trucks ‘next’ as city builds on air pollution successes – Shanghai Daily

7 January: Breathing diesel exhaust induces DNA changes, study finds – The Vancouver Sun



18 December: Autism link to air pollution raised – BBC News

18 December: Autism risk linked to particulate air pollution – Yahoo News

18 December: Fine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism risk – Harvard School of Public Health

12 December: Port of Oakland truck pollution drops 76 percent in black carbon – San Jose Mercury News

8 December: Air pollution ‘causing deadly public health crisis’ – BBC News

December: Roads To Nowhere: Road freight is expensive, dirty and dangerous. Why are our governments addicted to it? – The Monthly

2 December: France wants to phase out diesel cars – Drive

1 December: 60,000 killed annually: UK’s misjudged air pollution highlighted in upcoming report – RT News

1 December:  After killing off East West Link, Daniel Andrews plugs his West Gate Distributor to solve traffic woes in the west – The Age

4 November: Liberal and Labor put forward transport plans that they say will improve transport options for trucks and motorists in Melbourne’s west – Maribyrnong Leader

16 October: Toll Road slammed as battleground heats up – Maribyrnong Star Weekly

15 October: Maersk Line opens new container depot – Maritime Reporter and MarineNews

1 October: Air quality standards ‘increase pollution and health risks – ABC Science

27 September: Maribyrnong Council new boss to focus on trucks, liveability – Maribyrnong Star Weekly

13 September: State labor to fast track west gate roads project – The Age

7 August: The great diesel scandal: how cheap fuel is choking our cities – The Guardian

6 August: Rail links to revolutionise ‘inland port’ operators – Sydney Morning Herald

26 June: Truck survey draft released on inner west Melbourne traffic – Australasian Transport News

25 June: Inner-west truck curfews could be expanded – The Age

24 July: VicRoads boss flags changes to truck curfews – Australasian Transport News

5 June: London leads the EU in car pollution: diesel blamed – Bloomberg

4 June: Pollution linked to irregular heartbeat, lung blood clots – Science Daily

28 May: London’s dirty little secret: pollution worse than Beijing’s – Bloomberg

28 May: What kills 3,000 Australians a year? – The Guardian

2 May: Live at least 1000m from roads asthmatics are told – Daily Mail Australia

20 April: Alarming rise in deaths from air pollution – The Age

7 April: Emissions from diesel can damage children’s brains and increase the risk of autism and schizophrenia scientist warns. – Daily Mail Australia

7 April: Pollution and autism disorder – ABC Radio National

1 Apri: Save us form the trucks, residents plead – Maribyrnong Star Weekly

11 March: Port sale to push trucks onto roads, say Greens – Maribyrnong Star Weekly

7 March: Yarraville block set to become $2b mini suburb – The Age



20 November: Lanbor transport plan promises to remove ‘thousands’ of trucks – Maribyrnong Star Weekly

6 November: Wheel change forum – Star Community

23 October: Council wants monster trucks confined to freeways – Maribyrnong Star Weekly

6 October: Diesel emissions spark health risk –

17 October: Trucks fight: Maribyrnong council to push for ban – Maribyrnong Star Weekly

13 October: Maribyrnong council to call for ban on trucks after Cootes Transport checks – The Age

24 September: Research finds trucks noise and air pollution is affecting livability in the west – Maribyrnong Leader

23 September: Explanation for increased asthma severity in children exposed to diesel exhaust from traffic – Science Daily

5 September: Infrastructure Tony put trucks before people in Victoria – Independent Australia

21 August: Heavy traffic pollution, wood fire smoke may worsen asthma symptoms – Huffington Post

6 July: Trucks chaos threat to city – The Age

28 May: Maribyrnong Council takes truck fight to Spring Street – Maribyrnong Star Weekly

7 May: Clash over inner west curfews as trucks proliferate – Maribyrnong Star Weekly

9 May: Toll road ‘condemns west’ to years of congestion – The Age



8 October: EPA concerned over noise by trucks in the inner west – The Age

12 July: Houses to go in plan to divert trucks – The Age

12 June: World Health Organsiation announces diesel exhaust causes cancer – The New York Times



10 December 2011: Boom port to bust by 2015 – The Age

11 October 2011: Bridge bike path only for ‘brave and desperate’ – The Age

13 July 2010: Brumby maps new transport routes – The Age



20 June 2010: Health risks for those living within 500m of main roads – The Age

23 Februaury 2010: Cameras to crack down on noisy trucks – The Age



7 October: Fleet street – The Age



7 December: Brumby Government’s Transport Action Plan announcement – Channel 7 News

April: MTAG post protest interview with Jon Faine – ABC 774 Melbourne

December: Victorian Transport Plan announced – Channel 7 News

3 August: Air pollution and health – Channel 7 News

3 April: Hopeful locals await delivery – Herald Sun

April: MTAG protest march  – ABC TV News

April: MTAG protest march – Channel 9 News

2 April: Freight plan off the rails – Herald Sun

18 February: Yarraville residents battered by truck noise – Herald Sun

8 January: Pollution harms foetuses: study – Brisbane Times


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