Thursday, 26 October 2017

Some New Zealand climate change impacts may already be irreversible, Government report says

Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ environmental reporting looks at the pressures, state and impacts on the environment and tracks change over time. Here are some key findings from Our atmosphere and climate 2017.

Climate change may have already had an irreversible impact on New Zealand's natural systems and the effects are likely to worsen, a new Government report says.

Data showed conclusively that temperatures had risen in New Zealand, which would have an impact on the economy, extreme weather events, biodiversity and health.

The Our Climate and Atmosphere report, released by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand on Thursday, details issues related to climate change and how they impact the country.

The report concluded the effects of a warming climate were already apparent in a range of ways, while our own contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions had increased.

Temperature data showed New Zealand's annual average temperatures had increased 1 degree since 1906, which was likely to increase more quickly under current emissions trends.

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