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Climate change and insurance – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on April 28th, 2017.

The extent to which climate change threatens New Zealand’s coastal housing will depend on insurance options available to homeowners, according to a new report. Insurance, Housing and Climate Adaptation – commissioned by the Deep South National Science Challenge – investigates the different challenges climate change will present to homeowners, insurers and government. Possible policy solutions suggested […]

Debate over Dunedin sea level rise figures – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 15th, 2017.

Houses in South Dunedin are at risk of sea level rise, but there has been debate over figures suggesting thousands of homes could be affected by 2034. Emeritus Professor Jim Flynn told the Dunedin City Council on Monday that parts of the city could have just 17 years before sea level rise makes them uninhabitable. […]

Sinking Dunedin’s flood risk – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 19th, 2016.

Reclaimed land in South Dunedin might be sinking faster than other areas, GNS Science researchers have found, coinciding with a push by the regional council to decide how to handle natural hazard risk in the region. Satellite data from ground stations around Dunedin show land might be sinking about 1mm a year – according to […]

Antarctic ice may melt faster than expected – In the News

John Kerr posted in on February 23rd, 2016.

Antarctica’s large land-based ice sheets may be more vulnerable to increasing global temperatures than previously thought, according to new research from New Zealand, US and European scientists. Analysing drill cores of Antarctic rock, they found that Antarctica became its warmest ever 15 million years ago  when carbon dioxide levels were 500ppm – only slightly higher […]

SMC BRIEFING: Climate change and the Pacific

John Kerr posted in on February 17th, 2016.

With a warmer future set to hit our Pacific neighbours hardest, is there still a chance to turn the tide? The first ever conference on climate change and the Pacific, ‘In the Eye of the Storm‘,  is being held this week in Wellington at Victoria University. The conference brings together Pacific community representatives, scientists, artists, politicians […]

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. […]

Antarctic melt and long term sea level rise – In the news

John Kerr posted in on October 16th, 2015.

New modelling of Antarctic ice-sheet loss paints a grim picture of long-term sea level rise. The new paper published in Nature by researchers from New Zealand, Australia and the US, used computer simulations to estimate how Antarctica will react to different warming scenarios in the future. Although there are uncertainties in the modelling, the simulations […]

Sea level rise report in the news

John Kerr posted in on November 28th, 2014.

A new report outlining the science behind the future’s inevitable sea level rise – and how it will impact on New Zealanders – has been widely covered in national media. The report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science, clearly lays out the evidence base for predicted increases in sea […]

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Sea level rise to impact on New Zealanders – report

Laura Goodall posted in on November 27th, 2014.

Flooding and erosion from rising sea levels are likely to significantly impact on New Zealanders in our lifetimes, warns the latest report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. Commissioner Dr Jan Wright released the report titled Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science this afternoon, which lays out the science behind sea level rise and […]

Wellington and sea level rise – Dominion Post

Laura Goodall posted in on October 17th, 2014.

After the recent publication of Wellington City Council’s Sea Level Rise Options Analysis report, The Dominion Post’s Olivia Wannan looks at how Wellington might prepare for a more watery future. An excerpt (read in full here): …Several levels of ocean-level rise were modelled in the report, and heights of 0.6m and 1.5m were used as examples to […]

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