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2017 set to be another scorcher – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 7th, 2017.

2017 is set to be in the top three hottest years on record, with record-breaking extreme weather, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO’s) provisional statement on the state of the climate. Released to coincide with the start of the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn, the statement said 2017 was set to be […]

NZ’s water systems vulnerable to climate change – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 27th, 2017.

New Zealand’s wastewater and stormwater infrastructure have asset values well over $20 billion, but much of it was not designed to withstand the challenges climate change will bring, from sea level rise to the predicted changes in rainfall frequency and intensity. A new report from the Deep South National Science Challenge and Motu Economic and […]

Human health impacts of climate change – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 26th, 2017.

Climate change will impact human health, both directly – through heat waves and weather events – and indirectly by challenging our mental health, according to a new report from Royal Society Te Apārangi. The third in a series looking at climate change from New Zealand’s perspective, the report also found that climate change would likely […]

Our atmosphere and climate 2017 – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 19th, 2017.

The Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ have released an updated report on the state of New Zealand’s atmosphere and climate. The report documents trends in global and local conditions, including a 1°C temperature increase in New Zealand since 1909. Sea levels have risen between 14 and 22 centimetres at four main New Zealand ports […]

Ocean acidification threatens marine species – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 10th, 2017.

Scientists monitoring New Zealand’s waters for ten years have tracked changes in ocean acidification that pose a threat to marine life in a warming climate. A stocktake of ocean acidification – caused by rising CO2 levels – was published in the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. Niwa marine biogeochemist Professor Cliff Law […]

Oz sizzles as climate action cools – Jim Salinger

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 26th, 2017.

2017 has been a sizzler for Australia, showing global warming is alive and well, but as Dr Jim Salinger writes in the NZ Herald, both Australian and New Zealand governments are failing on climate action. An excerpt (read in full): As Australia sizzles and the ice on our Southern Alps shrink what climate action is […]

Keeping climate change to 1.5C still possible – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 20th, 2017.

It might still be possible to meet the 1.5°C temperature target set by the Paris Agreement, scientists say, but we probably need to strengthen the current pledges for emissions reductions. An international team of researchers, including Victoria Univerity of Wellington’s Professor Dave Frame, assessed remaining carbon emission budgets compatible with limiting warming to 1.5°C above […]

Hurricane Irma – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 7th, 2017.

With three hurricanes currently tracking through the Atlantic, experts are watching Hurricane Irma, which is being called one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record. The hurricane has reached the Caribbean islands and may track toward Florida by the weekend.   The UK SMC gathered expert commentary on Hurricane Irma. Please feel free to […]

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Leaked MfE report on coastal hazards and climate change — In The News

Tessa Evans posted in on September 4th, 2017.

A draft report from the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) — which was stamped for release in April — has been leaked. The purpose of the report is to help local governments manage coastal hazard risks, including those brought on by climate change. As stated in The Press, the report concludes that $19 billion worth of […]

Hurricane Harvey – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 30th, 2017.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the USA on August 26 as a category 4 storm, and has caused extensive flooding across Texas, leaving at least 11 people dead. The UK SMC gathered expert reaction to the storm, the first major hurricane of the US hurricane season. Please feel free to use these comments in your […]

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