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Opposition demands climate change action

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/04/2016

Labour and the Greens are demanding action to curb greenhouse gas emissions following the release of a report which warns of the impact climate change will have on New Zealand.

The Royal Society of New Zealand's report, released on Tuesday, says failure to reduce climate-damaging pollution will put coastal property and infrastructure at risk and double the frequency of droughts in some areas.

The viability of fish stocks and other marine life will be threatened and access to fresh water will be further stressed.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says it forecasts New Zealand's climate pollution will increase to 96 per cent above 1990 levels by 2030, while the government has promised to cut it to 11 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030.

"This report is a wake-up call for the government to get real about climate change," he said.

"For eight years National has been all talk and no action on climate change, and we're now staring down the barrel of the consequences of that inaction."

Labour's Megan Woods says urgent action is essential.

"The time for action is now," she said.

"There is no time for further delaying action - the government needs to work with other parties and organisations to develop a plan to reduce our emissions."

Ms Woods says the government isn't taking the threat seriously.

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