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Sea level rise expected even with Paris Agreement – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 21st, 2018.

Even if all nations manage to stick to their Paris Agreement targets, we’re still committed to sea level rise. A study published today in Nature Communications projects 0.7 to 1.2 metres of global sea level rise by 2300 assuming the Paris targets are met. But for every five-year delay in mitigation after 2020, the researchers […]

Taranaki newspaper highlights climate change – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 12th, 2018.

The Taranaki Daily News has been running a six-part climate change series, called ‘Life of the Edge’, examining what climate change means for Taranaki. Journalist Deena Coster has explored the impacts of climate change on Māori, changes to local landscapes and impacts on human health. Insurance Council of New Zealand chief executive Tim Grafton said New […]

Warning to plan now for sea level rise – Expert Reaction

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

A report from the Ministry for the Environment has warned that New Zealand lacks a coordinated plan to deal with future climate change, which threatens hundreds of billions of dollars of property and infrastructure. The report, which had been withheld by the previous government, was leaked prior to the September election. Today, Climate Change Minister […]

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 […]

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. […]

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