A black lung advocacy group says there have been almost 20 new diagnoses of coal dust diseases in Queensland workers in the past two weeks and there are many more likely coming.
One of the world's largest primary lead smelting facilities is at risk of breaching its licence to operate because of record lead in air levels.
Medical bodies are calling for other states and territories to urgently follow Queensland and conduct health screening of all past and present workers involved in cutting stone to make kitchen benchtops.
Stonemasons who cut engineered stone into a popular type of kitchen benchtop are contracting accelerated silicosis at alarming levels, with doctors warning of the "largest occupational lung crisis since the peak of asbestos use".
Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction is under-diagnosed, but roughly 10 to 20 per cent of people without asthma have it, including Belinda Smith.
The Queensland Government issues an urgent warning to the engineered stone benchtop industry after 22 silicosis claims are lodged with WorkCover in three weeks, including six people diagnosed as terminal.
The stories of the 16 people buried in Ravenswood's forgotten cemetery have come to life as researchers investigate their identities ahead of the reinterment of their bodies.
Air pollution can lead to premature deaths and problems such as heart attacks and asthma, but the economic cost of this is not being pitted against the apparent benefits to the economy of burning fossil fuels, experts say.
Queensland miner Tyrone Buckton never spent a day underground but last week died after being diagnosed with silicosis, a lung disease caused by high levels of exposure to silica dust.