Atmosphere is one of five domains we use to report on the state of New Zealand’s environment. The two national environmental indicators we use to report on atmosphere are emissions and removals of greenhouse gases and levels of stratospheric ozone.
This section provides information on the state of New Zealand’s atmosphere.
The latest indicator updates providing information on the state of New Zealand’s atmosphere and links to previous updates.
The atmosphere enveloping the earth is a vital part of the world we live in. It contains the oxygen we need to breathe and protects us from ultraviolet radiation and the extreme cold of space. It recycles energy, water and other necessities for life. Weather is a direct product of atmospheric processes and influences our pattern of living.
As a result of industrial and other activities, human society is now emitting gases into the atmosphere in such quantities that the composition and dynamics of the atmosphere are changing. The changes occurring in the atmosphere as a result of human activity can have significant environmental, health and economic effects.
Last updated: 17 July 2013