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Govt must tackle climate crisis: Greens

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/01/2017

Last year broke the record for the hottest year on earth.

The previous hottest year was 2015. Before that it was 2014.

Extreme weather and figures like that are, according to the Green Party, a sign of things to come if action isn't taken to halt a climate crisis.

Dry conditions across Northland combined with devastating storms rolling through the upper South and lower North Islands are mirroring long-term climate change scenarios, co-leader James Shaw says.

"The science tells us it's probable that we'll see more violent storms and more frequent, deeper droughts because of climate change," he said.

Drought condition like those in Northland, where farmers have receive half their annual rainfall, are hurting the economy and food supplies.

And politicians, who spend large amounts of time in the capital, should be extra concerned with Wellington particularly vulnerable because of a combination of rising seas and more intense storms, according to Mr Shaw.

The Green Party wants to combat the climate crisis by moving to 100 per cent renewable electricity, investing in clean-energy transport and making sure climate polluters pay for emissions.

"All governments have a moral responsibility to ensure that the next generation doesn't inherit a more volatile climate and unstable world," Mr Shaw said.

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