Environment and Science Research Institute report on Climate Change and Environmental Health

May 24, 2018

The Climate Change and Environmental Health report by the Environment and Science Research Institute (ESR) outlines the possible effects on the health of New Zealanders, as a result of extreme weather, air pollution and UV radiation. The report was commissioned by the Ministry of Health. 

Section three (pages 24-35) addresses the effect climate change might have on human exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) in New Zealand. The report concludes that climate change is expected to change exposure to UVR by: 

  •  prolonging recovery of the stratospheric ozone layer 
  • changes to cloud cover
  • changes in air quality and
  • changing behaviour due to increased ambient temperatures and drier and hotter days.

The report suggests future studies that explore technological tools for better assessing individual UVR exposure with personalised feedback would be useful for balancing UVR risks and benefit.


Environment and Science Research Institute (2018). Climate Change and Environmental Health. [online] Available at: https://www.esr.cri.nz/assets/... [Accessed 23 May 2018].


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