Pressures affecting stratospheric ozone, ambient air quality and indoor air quality

Component
Summary
Grade
Very poor Poor Fair Good Very good
Confidence
In Grade In Trend
Comparability
To previous years
Year(s): 
2011

A broad range of indoor pollutants is known to impact health

Year(s): 
2011
3
Unclear
Confidence (in grade): 
Limited
Confidence (in trend): 
Limited
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed
Component
Summary
Grade
Very high impact High impact Low impact Very low impact
Confidence
In Grade In Trend
Comparability
To previous years

Local and airshed-wide impacts on health and aesthetics; localised effects on amenity and health near some major point sources

Year(s): 
2011
3
Stable
Confidence (in grade): 
Adequate
Confidence (in trend): 
Adequate
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed

Metro-wide direct and indirect impacts of volatile organic compounds, NOx, ozone and particulates; localised impacts near ‘hot spots’ such as heavily trafficked roads in residential areas

Year(s): 
2011
2
Stable
Confidence (in grade): 
Adequate
Confidence (in trend): 
Adequate
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed

Domestic and commercial (urban)

This assessment summary component has changed in 2016. 

  • Name has changed

Local and airshed-wide impacts on health and aesthetics

Year(s): 
2011
3
Stable
Confidence (in grade): 
Adequate
Confidence (in trend): 
Adequate
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed

Widespread evidence of generally localised effects on amenity and health

Year(s): 
2011
3
Unclear
Confidence (in grade): 
Limited
Confidence (in trend): 
Limited
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed

Climate change (airshed scale)

This assessment summary component has changed in 2016. 

2016 Assessment summary no longer includes airshed scale in the title.

Higher temperatures will be associated with increased photochemical smog (ozone pollution events), and with an increase in serious particulate pollution events due to more frequent bushfires and dust storms. Both outcomes can be expected to adversely affect health

Year(s): 
2011
3
Deteriorating
Confidence (in grade): 
Limited
Confidence (in trend): 
Limited
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed
(2011). Ambient air quality: Pressures affecting stratospheric ozone, ambient air quality and indoor air quality. In: Australia state of the environment 2011, Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra, https://soe.environment.gov.au/assessment-summary-38-pressures-affecting-stratospheric-ozone-ambient-air-quality-and-indoor-air, DOI 10.4226/94/58b65c70bc372