The climate is changing in NSW. Average yearly temperatures have been increasing since the 1960s and 2000-09 was the state’s hottest decade. It is likely that NSW’s climate will get hotter with wetter warmer months, a drier winter and reduced winter rain. More severe weather events and natural disasters are also expected, like storms, floods, bushfires and droughts.

Diagram of the health impacts of climate change, text alternative follows image

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Climate change can have:

  • direct impact through
    • heatwaves
    • storms
    • floods
    • drought
  • indirect impacts through
    • air quality
    • water quality and quantity
    • food quality and quantity
    • change to ecosystems
  • health impacts, including
    • cardiovascular diseases
    • respiratory diseases
    • infectious diseases (water, food, vectors)
    • allergies
    • injuries
    • mental illness.

Groups at risk include:

  • socio-economically disadvantaged
  • people with disabilities
  • remote Aboriginal communities
  • pregnant women and their unborn children
  • children
  • older people
  • rural communities
  • industries and their workers
  • tourists
Page Updated: Wednesday 18 January 2017
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