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New Zealand unveils plan to tackle climate crisis

This content was published on 03 Aug 2022 – 02:31

Sydney (Australia), August 3 (EFE) .- New Zealand published this Wednesday its first national plan to adapt to the climate crisis and deal with fires, floods and other natural disasters, which have become more frequent and more ferocious in the maritime country. Global warming of the planet.

“Extreme weather events unimaginable even a few years ago are occurring at a rate and intensity we have never experienced before,” New Zealand’s Climate Change Minister James Shaw said in a statement released today with the plan.

The New Zealand government’s first national climate change risk assessment, published in 2020, includes 120 actions and responses to protect the country’s homes, infrastructure, communities, cultural heritage and businesses.

One of these measures is to publish online information by the end of the year on the risks of erosion, flooding, sea level rise, drought, and other land issues that directly affect the choice of housing, investment and business.

“Despite 1.5 degrees of warming (as per the Paris Agreement), we are going to see the impacts of climate change on our societies and the way we live. Therefore, it is very important to do everything possible to adapt to these changes,” the minister noted.

Under the plan, measures and new climate risks will be assessed every six years, through consultations with various sectors, including Māori, to identify urgent responses to these issues, among other measures.

One of the strongest criticisms of the plan is that it does not address who will pay for damage and adaptation to climate change and mechanisms to reasonably order residents to permanently abandon their homes in response to natural disasters.

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“Strong guidance and support is essential for local governments to guide short-term decision-making, as well as how the project will be funded and resourced,” New Zealand’s Minister for Sustainable Business said. said the CEO. Council, Mike Burrell, in a separate statement.

Jacinda Ardern’s Labor government announced in May a NZ$2.9 billion (US$1.809 million or €1.777 million) plan to implement policies to reduce pollutant emissions in New Zealand over the next four years, particularly in the transport sector.

The New Zealand government, whose parliament declared a climate emergency in December 2020, has pledged to implement one of the world’s most ambitious plans to cut emissions, with the aim of keeping global temperatures from rising to more than 1.5 degrees. pre-industrial period and reach neutral emissions by 2050. EFE


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