At a glance
Among the risks are:
❚ Increased allergic disease and respiratory illnesses such as asthma from increased temperatures and higher concentrations of pollen;
❚ More people potentially suffering from skin cancers and heat-related illnesses due to increased exposure to UV radiation;
❚ Greater contamination of water sources by disease-carrying micro-organisms because of more favourable growing conditions;
❚ Increase in diseases such as campylobacter infection, Legionnaires’ disease and exposure to salmonella;
❚ Under the most extreme climate change scenarios, areas of New Zealand could become breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying dengue and the Ross River viruses by 2040.