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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Climate change to be included in all Regional Council decision making

I was elected as Thames-Coromandel representative on the Waikato Regional Council on an election platform for the need to take strong action in response to the climate crisis.  I am therefore thrilled that Regional Council has unanimously agreed that an assessment of climate change implications will be required in the preparation of all relevant reports to the council. Read More »

Report on key trends, opportunities and challenges in Waikato

Waikato Regional Council (WRC) is currently guided by its Strategic Direction 2016-19, with three overarching goals of a healthy environment, strong economy, and vibrant communities. WRC is also undertaking a wide-ranging strategic review, which is underpinned by a shift in focus from a three year strategy to a ten-year strategy post 2019, which will guide the organisation’s overall direction and activity. Read More »

Reality check – New Zealand is not a climate change leader

Finland’s Target to be Carbon Neutral by 2035

Our current government has begun to take climate change seriously with the  Zero Carbon Bill. This a huge advance on the do-nothing National-led Key government. But the climate change measures in the Budget were mediocre and not the trans-formative change we need to rapidly decarbonise the economy by 2030.  Nor are we a “climate change leader” as the government tries to make out.  Our target of achieving net-zero emissions of everything but methane by 2050, has been shown up by Finland to be seriously lacking in ambition and commitmentRead More »