Since August 2019, the air quality in Australian towns and cities has repeatedly exceeded hazardous levels

These charts show the maximum daily air quality index (AQI) reading for four locations. On the worst day in Canberra, the air quality reached 26 times the hazardous level

Port Macquarie

5,000

19x

Hazardous

15 Nov 2019

AQI: 3,805

200

Aug 2019

Jan 2020

Sydney

5,000

13x

10 Dec 2019

AQI: 2,552

200

Aug 2019

Jan 2020

Canberra

5,000

26x

1 Jan 2020

AQI: 5,185

200

Jan 2020

Aug 2019

Albury

5,000

6x

7 Jan 2020

AQI: 1,101

200

Aug 2019

Jan 2020

Source: NSW and ACT government data. Graphic produced by: Jack Zhao / Small Multiples

A significant amount of the population has been exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter

These maps show the concentration of particulate matter that is 2.5 micrometers or smaller (PM2.5) as measured from satellite

PM2.5

15 Nov 2019

Low

High

Port

Macquarie

Sydney

Canberra

Albury

PM2.5

10 Dec 2019

Port

Macquarie

Sydney

Canberra

Albury

PM2.5

31 Dec 2019

Port

Macquarie

Sydney

Canberra

Albury

PM2.5

6 Jan 2020

Port

Macquarie

Sydney

Canberra

Albury

Source: generated using Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service Information 2020. Graphic produced by: Jack Zhao / Small Multiples

Since August 2019, the air quality in Australian towns and cities has repeatedly exceeded hazardous levels

These charts show the maximum daily air quality index (AQI) reading for four locations. On the worst day in Canberra, the air quality reached 26 times the hazardous level

Port Macquarie

5,000

19x

Hazardous

15 Nov 2019

AQI: 3,805

200

Aug 2019

Jan 2020

Sydney

5,000

13x

Hazardous

10 Dec 2019

AQI: 2,552

200

Aug 2019

Jan 2020

Canberra

5,000

26x

Hazardous

1 Jan 2020

AQI: 5,185

200

Aug 2019

Jan 2020

Albury

5,000

6x

Hazardous

7 Jan 2020

AQI: 1,101

200

Aug 2019

Jan 2020

Source: NSW and ACT government data. Graphic produced by: Jack Zhao / Small Multiples

A significant amount of the population has been exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter

These maps show the concentration of particulate matter that is 2.5 micrometers or smaller (PM2.5) as measured from satellite

PM2.5

15 Nov 2019

Low

High

Port

Macquarie

Sydney

Canberra

Albury

PM2.5

10 Dec 2019

Port

Macquarie

Sydney

Canberra

Albury

PM2.5

31 Dec 2019

Port

Macquarie

Sydney

Canberra

Albury

PM2.5

6 Jan 2020

Port

Macquarie

Sydney

Canberra

Albury

Source: generated using Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service Information 2020. Graphic produced by: Jack Zhao / Small Multiples

Since August 2019, the air quality in Australian towns and cities has repeatedly exceeded hazardous levels

These charts show the maximum daily air quality index (AQI) reading for four locations. On the worst day in Canberra, the air quality reached 26 times the hazardous level

Port Macquarie

Sydney

5,000

5,000

19x

13x

Hazardous

Hazardous

15 Nov 2019

10 Dec 2019

AQI: 3,805

AQI: 2,552

200

200

Hazardous

Hazardous

Aug 2019

Jan 2020

Aug 2019

Jan 2020

Canberra

Albury

5,000

5,000

26x

6x

Hazardous

1 Jan 2020

7 Jan 2020

AQI: 5,185

AQI: 1,101

200

200

Hazardous

Hazardous

Aug 2019

Jan 2020

Aug 2019

Jan 2020

Source: NSW and ACT government data. Graphic produced by: Jack Zhao / Small Multiples

A significant amount of the population has been exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter

These maps show the concentration of particulate matter that is 2.5 micrometers or smaller (PM2.5) as measured from satellite

PM2.5

PM2.5

15 Nov 2019

10 Dec 2019

Low

High

Port

Port Macquarie

Macquarie

Sydney

Sydney

Canberra

Canberra

Albury

Albury

Air quality index

Air quality index 24-hour average

10 Dec

15 Nov

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Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

No data

Very good

Good

Fair

Poor

Very poor

Hazardous

PM2.5

PM2.5

6 Jan 2020

31 Dec 2019

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie

Sydney

Sydney

Canberra

Canberra

Albury

Albury

Albury

Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index

31 Dec

6 Jan

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>

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

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Jan

Source: generated using Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service Information 2020. Graphic produced by: Jack Zhao / Small Multiples