Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Nature could protect Auckland from climate change

Nature could protect Auckland from climate change

Preserving natural systems that buffer Auckland from increased heat, drought, storms, and rising sea level is essential to protecting the city from impacts of climate change, says Forest & Bird.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, or NIWA, released a report today outlining the risks of climate change for Auckland City.

Auckland region has already warmed 1.6 degrees in the last century, and the report predicts it could warm up to 2.8 degrees further in the next century.

“The report confirms that climate change will have an enormous impact on humans and animals that live in Auckland,” says Forest & Bird Climate Advocate Adelia Hallett.

“Species that are already in trouble could be pushed over the edge. Shorebirds like rare fairy terns will lose habitat to rising sea levels, and face threats to their food sources.”

“Fish catches and the size of shellfish in the Hauraki Gulf are already being impacted by warmer waters and ocean acidification. We also see diseases like kauri dieback and myrtle rust increasing their range.”

“We need to drastically cut emissions and work to protect and restore nature to help our native species to survive, and to protect Auckland from the worst effects of the extreme weather predicted.”

Healthy ecosystems can provide a buffer from extreme weather events.

Natural dunes systems will protect Auckland from storms and sea level rise, and healthy forests and reserves prevent runoff in flooding events.

Forest & Bird projects like the Northwest Wildlink and Southeast Wildlink are essential for creating safer, connected habitats for native wildlife, and increasing the city’s resilience.

“We can’t continue to build everywhere and pave everything over. Having significant natural spaces in Auckland is a part of the solution for dealing with climate change.”

“We really welcome the initiative of Auckland Council in commissioning this report. All regions in New Zealand should be thinking and planning for the change that is coming,” says Ms Hallett.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages