Air quality report card - Auckland

Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU
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Albert-Eden, Aotea/Great Barrier, Devonport-Takapuna, Franklin, Henderson-Massey, Hibiscus and Bays, Howick, Kaipātiki, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Manurewa, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, Ōrākei , Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Papakura, Puketāpapa , Rodney, The Southern Initiative, Upper Harbour, Waiheke, Waitākere Ranges, Waitematā, Western Initiative, Whau
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Air quality

Air quality report card for Auckland.

What causes air pollution?

Most air pollution comes from burning fuels such as diesel, petrol, wood, gas and oil. The burning process releases chemicals and small particles (particulates) into the air that are harmful to humans, lead to brown hazes and cause unpleasant odours. In summer, transport is the biggest cause of air pollution, but in winter, home heating is the biggest problem; in fact, the amount of PM10 (tiny solid and liquid particles) in the air is tripled. This is mainly caused by the wood burners many of us use to heat our homes.

Last updated: 2019-11-22