World heads for hottest year ever while National plans emissions increase

“The National Government has gone cold on climate action after New Zealand experiences hottest June on Record and the world heads for the hottest year on record, the Green Party said today.

“The National Government has gone cold on climate action after New Zealand experiences hottest June on Record and the world heads for the hottest year on record, the Green Party said today.

The World Meteorological Organisation’s preliminary estimate released overnight indicates 2014 is on track to be one of the hottest, if not the hottest years on record.

“New Zealanders want to do our fair share to reduce emissions, but the National Government is planning to increase New Zealand’s emissions,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

“It defies belief that the New Zealand Government plans to increase net greenhouse emissions by 50 percent in the next decade.

“New Zealand’s support of a statement claiming we are taking strong and effective climate action at the UN climate conference this week is just wrong.

“New Zealand is currently emitting more than seven times our fair share of greenhouse gases per person – and National is planning on increasing greenhouse gas emissions further.

“The National Government needs to stop taking a wait and see approach to climate change. We can stop waiting. We can now see it happening,” said Dr Norman.

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