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GEN 35

Protecting Against Solar UVR

John Greenwood

This note GEN 35, originally published in November 2000, was reviewed by John Greenwood in September 2005.

This paper examines the issue of solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and its impact on public health in Australia, which has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.  It sets out factors affecting UVR levels and methods of protecting against solar UVR using environmental strategies, both natural and built.  It considers the important roles and responsibilities of the design profession and local government in achieving significant improvement in solar protection and urban design outcomes.

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