Climate change needs to be treated with more urgency, says scientist

Posted 18/07/2016

News item - NZ Herald

A leading climate scientist has welcomed a new 20-year Government "roadmap" that singles out climate change as an environmental research priority for New Zealand.

But Dr James Renwick, of Victoria University of Wellington, argues the issue could have been treated with much more urgency in the discussion document, which is now out for consultation.

In the paper, released late last week by the Department of Conservation and Ministry for the Environment, climate change was noted as posing a "very significant" impact to the environment, with effects cutting across "almost every aspect of environmental and conservation research".

At least 2C of warming this century was likely to influence species, habitats, ecosystems, biodiversity, biosecurity, water quality and availability, land use, and primary production.

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