New Zealand: Climate change risks and adaptation

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New reports released by New Zealand's environment ministry show a clearer picture of the scale and urgency faced by the country over climate change. The reports also emphasize the current tendency to react to disasters rather than taking preventative measures, and provide guidance on managing and adapting to the results of global warming.

PreventionWeb is a project of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
PreventionWeb is a project of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

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  • Australia: We need to look beyond prescribed burning to fight future fires

    Conversation Media Group, the

    A new study modelled thousands of fires in Tasmania and found that nearly a third of the state would have to be burned to effectively lower the risk of bushfires. Researchers argue that prescribed burning needs to be carefully localised and be part of a multi-pronged approach involving manual fuel removal, better building standards and new burning patterns to be effective.

  • USA: Climate scientists study the odds of a megadrought

    Cornell Univ

    New research has looked into the odds of a mega-drought lasting more than 30 years. The research was conducted by looking at historical data of mega-droughts to understand if climate change could stimulate a new one. Knowing the odds can help with the planning of large-scale water management to protect people, agriculture and ecosystems.

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