News24.com title New Zealand’s ocean conservation efforts: Where to start article New Zealand is preparing to put a damper on its warming seas and turn their tide against the threat of climate change.
As part of a global conservation campaign, the Government has committed to cutting emissions from power plants by 40% by 2050.
The plan has drawn praise from scientists who warn that the threat from global warming is becoming more acute.
But some environmentalists say the plan is too slow and not enough, while the Government itself has acknowledged the need to address climate change head on.
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Auckland City Council climate change expert Professor Andrew Farrar said while the plan was ambitious, it was a start.
“It’s a bit of a slow start.
There’s a lot of work that has to be done, but that’s a start,” he said.”
We have to start somewhere.”
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has committed the country to reducing emissions from its power sector by 40%.
The plan will require the State Government to buy the equivalent of $3 billion worth of power from renewable sources by 2025.
It is part of the Government’s commitment to clean up its energy sector by 2030.
But it has been criticised for not doing enough to protect the ocean.
The New Zealand Marine Conservation Society (NZMC), which works to protect marine life, said the Government should focus on more effective measures to prevent the loss of species.
“There is a clear lack of ambition, especially for the ocean, which is the most important part of our ecosystems,” said Ms Arderner.
“And we’re losing these amazing creatures at a rapid rate.”
The Government has also pledged to invest $400 million over the next four years to improve the way New Zealanders think about climate change, and to increase the amount of energy we produce from renewable energy.
It has committed $150 million to a new marine reserve fund and $100 million for a new research project to study how ocean ecosystems could be adapted to deal with future climate change and how that could be achieved.