UN says cut emissions; NZ Govt increases emissions

A major climate report released overnight by the United Nations on climate change is an urgent call to action, the Green Party said today.

 

The report brings together the recent round of UN reports that summarise where climate science has got to. The report states that without additional action we are on track for “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts globally.”

A major climate report released overnight by the United Nations on climate change is an urgent call to action, the Green Party said today.

The report brings together the recent round of UN reports that summarise where climate science has got to. The report states that without additional action we are on track for “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts globally.”

“It is grossly irresponsible for the National Government to increase New Zealand’s emissions when we should be reducing them,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

“We can do our fair share, but we need to start now.

“New Zealanders need to know our emissions are going up – not down as we need them to be.

“National is ignoring its own token pledge of a 5 percent reduction by 2020.

“We’re not doing our fair share, the National Government has no plan and we are on the wrong track.

“We need to stop subsidising pollution and put a real price on carbon, and also implement a suite of climate friendly policies like accelerating the Auckland City Rail link construction,” said Dr Norman.

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