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Landslide accelerates the impact of sea level rise in New Zealand

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Sydney (Australia), May 2 (EFE) .- Landslides in some parts of New Zealand, including Auckland and Wellington, are accelerating the impact of sea level rise caused by global warming. The study was released Monday.

The NZ SeaRise, a project linking New Zealand and international research, predicts that sea levels could rise by half a meter by 2100, but that this increase could double as landslides occur in large New Zealand coastal areas.

“Regardless of our future emission path, global sea levels will inevitably rise by 25 to 30 cm by 2060. But in many of New Zealand’s most populous regions, the vertical movements of the Earth mean that these changes can occur.” 20-30 years ago, “NZ SeaRise noted on Twitter.

NZ SeaRise on its website The vertical movements of the earth occur mainly during earthquakes, which, along with small continuous changes, double the annual sea level rise in the areas where they occur.

For example, in Wellington, NZ SeaRise estimates that some residential areas will be affected by sea level rise of about 30 centimeters by 2040.

For his part, climate commissioner Rod Carr told Radio New Zealand on Monday that the novelty of this scientific study was that it “shows what will happen, where and when it will happen”, allowing it to make decisions regarding the infrastructure under its watch. Climate change.

“We need to understand that New Zealand cannot protect everything we have built and can not return everything that has been damaged,” the commissioner said, adding that some communities living near the sea will have to leave their homes. Thirty years.

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But when New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinta Arden told Radio New Zealand that her country was trying to adapt to the new reality, “it should not be accepted that sea level rise is inevitable in the future.”

“We need to make sure we do everything we can to do the best we can to mitigate the effects of climate change,” he said.

The New Zealand government, which has backed this scientific research project that includes a digital tool to access forecasts, is developing a six-year plan to tackle these climate challenges. EFE

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