Specific air pollutants

This section outlines some of the main pollutants that affect our health and environment. It includes information on standards and guidelines for managing levels of pollutants.

In this section

  • About particles in the air and their effects on our health, ecosystems and visibility, usual levels in New Zealand, and standards and guidelines values to protect human health.
  • Sources of hazardous air pollutants and their effects on health.
  • How dioxins, furans and PCBs get in the air and effects on health, usual levels in New Zealand and standards to protect human health.
  • How carbon monoxide gets in the air and its effects on health, usual levels in New Zealand, and standards and guidelines values to protect human health.
  • How nitrogen dioxide gets in the air, its effects on health, usual levels in New Zealand, and standards and guidelines values to protect human health
  • What ozone gas is, its effects on health, usual levels in New Zealand, and standards and guidelines values to protect human health.
  • What sulphur dioxide is, its effects on health, usual levels in New Zealand, and standards and guidelines values to protect human health.
  • What odour is and how it affects people and the environment.
  • Sources of dust and its environmental and health effects.