Top 10 National Climate Risks All Apply Locally

New Zealand’s first nationwide climate change risk stocktake has highlighted ten areas of most concern.  The extreme risks identified all apply in Thames Coromandel.  The risks from sea-level rise feature heavily in the extreme/urgent category of risk.

Of the 43 risks identified, ten that require urgent action in the next six years are highlighted. Risks to buildings from more frequent extreme weather, wildfire, and coastal flooding were on the “urgent” list – as was preparing for social hurt to communities from people being displaced from their homes.

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Environmental advocates sought for Waikato Regional Council Advisory Committee (ACRE)  

Nominations are being sought for The Advisory Committee for the Regional Environment (ACRE).  ACRE is an advisory/consultative group of up to 15 members who sometimes attend Waikato Regional Council meetings, and liaise with staff and councillors and make submissions on the council’s environmental policies and plans.Read More »

Regional Council Monitors Air Quality – Thames’ Air Still Mostly Fresh!

Did you know Waikato Regional Council monitors air quality around the region including in Thames?  The good news is that under current standards Thames has “good” air quality (0– 33% of the guideline) for around 86% of the time and in recent measurements has never exceeded the National Environmental Standard of 50 micrograms per cubic metre of air (µg/m3)Read More »

$9 Million to Drain a Sinking Farmed Wetland Below Sea Level ?

A Waikato Regional Council (WRC) project near Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains to use pumps and a canal to drain 1100 hectares of farmland on sinking peatland/wetland has seen the cost rise steeply from $2 million in 2013 to $9 million today.  The cost benefit analysis carried out was deficient, and the latest research on potential climate change impacts has not been adequately considered.  A rigorous review of the project is required.

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