Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


IPCC report a call for action on climate change

27 September 2013

IPCC report a call for action on climate change

The Inter-government Panel on Climate Change’s latest 5-year report shows that climate change is here and now, and we need to act urgently to prevent catastrophe, Green Party climate change spokesperson Dr Kennedy Graham said today.

The IPCC’s AR5 assessment report on the science of climate change, released today, is its first major report since 2007. It finds: “It is extremely likely that human influence on climate caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 19512010. There is high confidence that this has warmed the ocean, melted snow and ice, raised global mean sea level, and changed some climate extremes… Continued emissions of greenhouse gases would cause further warming… Changes are projected to occur in all regions of the globe, and include changes in land and ocean, in the water cycle, in the cryosphere, in sea level, in some extreme events and in ocean acidification… Limiting climate change would require substantial and sustained reductions of CO2 emissions.” This is the IPCC’s strongest warning yet on the threat climate change poses.

“The IPCC has delivered a stark message: the climate is changing and we need to immediately reduce our greenhouse gas emissions dramatically to prevent runaway warming,” said Dr Graham.

“The Key Government’s reaction to climate change has been to bury its head in the sand, and it isn’t working. New Zealand’s emissions are on the rise and National’s reduction targets are pitiful.

“Every move that the current Government has made has been to undermine policies that limit emissions. It’s not even that National is putting the economy ahead of the environment. Rather, they’re putting short-term political interests ahead of New Zealand’s long-term needs. National has consistently put short-term profit of vested interests ahead of the need for a stable climate, which our agriculture-based economy and our natural environment both depend upon.

“This year, New Zealand has experienced its worst summer drought in generations and our warmest winter on record. A series of extremely violent storms has caused of $100 million worth of damage, making 2013 one of New Zealand’s worst years for storm damage. These are precisely the destructive climate changes that the models have long warned will happen unless we curtail our greenhouse emissions, and they’ll only get worse. We can’t afford not to act.

“The excuse that we can’t reduce our agricultural emissions, which make up nearly half our total, doesn’t wash. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has just published findings that livestock emissions can be reduced by 30% through better management using existing techniques and technologies.

“There is no excuse for inaction. The climate change threat is real and immediate, and we have the tools to reduce our emissions. It’s time to stop prevaricating and get on with the job for the sake of our environment and our economy,” said Dr Graham.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Northland By-Election

Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the Northland seat at the next election, Peters’ hold on it could simply evaporate.

On Saturday, National’s electorate vote declined by 7,000 votes, as the 9,000 majority it won last September turned into a 4,000 vote deficit – mainly because Labour supporters followed the nod and wink given by Labour leader Andrew Little, and voted tactically for Peters. In the process, Labour’s vote went down from nearly 9,000 votes six months ago, to only 1,315 on Saturday. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: On A Funeral In Asia, The Northland By-Election, And News Priorities

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key attend the state funeral on Sunday of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew? More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Not Flag-Waving; Flag-Drowning

The panel choosing the flag options has no visual artists at all. Now, I’ve kerned the odd ligature in my time and I know my recto from my French curve so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions before they get past their depth. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

ALSO:

State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news