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Paris climate change agreement in force

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/11/2016

The Paris climate change agreement is in force and the government, which was one of the first to ratify it, is hailing it as a momentous event.

"This is the first time all nations have agreed to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a common legal footing," Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett said on Friday.

"Today is a momentous day internationally in that we have an agreement, at scale, that climate change is a global problem."

So far 87 countries have ratified the agreement.

New Zealand ratified on October 5, helping it reach the threshold of 55 countries representing 55 per cent of global emissions.

Ms Bennett will be in Morocco later this month for the governing body's first meeting.

The Greens say it's a triumph for people all over the world who demanded politicians take action to stop climate change.

"There's a real desire for action on climate change and I think we've seen that shift here in New Zealand," said party co-leader James Shaw.

Greenpeace New Zealand says the government is in denial about climate change and doesn't intend scaling back oil exploration.

"Vast tracts of our ocean are allocated to oil companies to survey and drill," said climate campaigner Kate Simcock.

"If our so-called leaders won't change a thing, it's up to New Zealanders."

Greenpeace is calling for a "summer of action" on climate change.

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