Climate change, the environment and health

Climate change is increasing the number and strength of heatwaves, bushfires, floods and other events. Find out how to protect your health and wellbeing.
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Heatwaves or extreme heat events can have a serious effect on your health. Find out how to prepare and plan for a heatwave to protect you and your family's health.


Dust storms and thunderstorms can reduce air quality and increase pollen levels, which can impact your health, especially if you suffer from asthma.


Weather events can affect our access to clean water. NSW Health is involved in monitoring programs to ensure we have access to water for drinking, food preparation and personal hygiene.


Hypothermia and frostbite can both occur when the body is exposed to an extended period of extreme cold. Both conditions can lead to permanent damage.
Current as at: Friday 14 April 2023
Contact page owner: Environmental Health