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Climate change already at work in NZ – Report – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 19th, 2016.

The impacts of climate change are already visible in New Zealand and will get worse unless drastic action is taken to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases, warns a new report from the Royal Society of New Zealand. The report identifies key areas of risk including: coastal margins; flooding from rivers; availability of and competition […]

PCE calls for action on sea level rise – expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on November 20th, 2015.

New Zealand needs to do more to prepare for the consequences of rising sea levels, warns the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment in a new report. In the report, titled, Preparing New Zealand for rising seas: Certainty and Uncertainty, Commissioner Dr Jan Wright outlines the risks posed by rising sea levels, including flooding and erosion. […]

Getting to grips with glacial erosion – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on October 9th, 2015.

New research from GNS science, published today in Science, shows that faster moving glaciers carve out more of the landscape then their slower-moving peers.   Researchers spent five months using satellites to track the speed of Franz Josef glacier whilst monitoring erosion by analysing sediments collected at the face of the glacier. From the gathered data […]

Forestry scheme reboot – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 12th, 2015.

The Government is restarting a forestry scheme that will pay landowners to plant forests, aiming to prevent erosion, improve water quality and mitigate our greenhouse gas emissions. This week the Government confirmed the Afforestation Grant Scheme will invest $22.5 million in forest planting over the next 6 years. The scheme provides grants of $1,300 a […]

Water quality report – scientists respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 20th, 2012.

A report that aims to provide scientific context for the divisive issue of water quality in New Zealand is being launched by Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) Jan Wright at an event in Wellington today (20 March). In the report, the PCE states: “Water quality is a subject of high public concern and vigorous […]

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