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This year is shaping up to be the seventh warmest NZ has ever recorded - continuing a clear trend driven by climate change. It would mean that five of the country's top hottest years have all played out since 2013. New Zealand's official temperature record, the Seven Station Series, is currently showing the average temperature to be 0.7C above average for 2020. "To rank in the top 5, we'd need an extremely warm December but while the forecast is looking warm, it might be a bit of a stretch," ...
A climate for change: Napier flooding just a taste of what's to come
No single event is an indicator of the arrival of climate change, experts say, but the flooding in Napier is a taste of what's to come. This week Napier experienced its second wettest day in 150 years, and residents are dealing with devastating flooding. The drenching was more concentrated and targeted than expected, despite warnings alerting the region. Metservice meteorologist Lisa Murray said because warmer air could hold more water, these weather systems could pack more of a punch.
Scientists are taking a deeper look at how hard New Zealand will be hit by one of climate change's most frightening calling cards: extreme weather. "Extremes do a lot of damage, often come as a surprise and, in New Zealand at least, we have not paid them as much attention as we should," said Professor Dave Frame, head of Victoria University's Climate Change Research Institute. "Extremes are where New Zealanders are already beginning to feel climate change affect their day to day lives."
The Cascade Effect: re-thinking climate resilience
The Cascade Effect: Re-thinking climate resilience - RNZ PODCAST Feb 2019 A significant proportion of New Zealand’s population is under increasing threat from sea level rise; 300,000 residents live below three-meter land elevation. Dr Judy Lawrence talks about two new pieces of pioneering research into climate change adaption.
Differences between weather and climate — SLH STUDENT ACTIVITY
In this activity, students use an interactive or paper-based Venn diagram to illustrate similarities and differences between weather and climate. The Venn diagram can also be used as a starting point to investigate the factors that influence weather and climate.
Using weather data — SLH STUDENT ACTIVITY
Weather datasets are used as an evidence base for the Environmental Reporting Programme – a joint programme with the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ – when reporting on the state of the atmosphere and climate. The programme makes the datasets they use available to the public. This activity provides long-term average annual temperature and annual precipitation data for 30 sites from Kerikeri to Invercargill. It has suggestions on how to use the datasets to view temperature and ...
Revealed: Where it’s getting warmer, drier, wetter
A report out two days from polling day poses climate change questions for us all. David Williams reports In May last year, Nelson’s City Council declared a climate emergency. It seemed to have good reason. The Nelson-Tasman region declared a state of emergency after being battered by Cyclone Gita in 2018, and, a year later, on Waitangi Day, the Pigeon Valley fire led to another Civil Defence emergency.
NZ's climate change toll tops $800m from just two droughts
Two major droughts in recent years led to nearly $5 billion in damages, $800 million of which is directly attributable to climate change, Marc Daalder reports The true toll of climate change in New Zealand is just beginning to come to light. New research from a team of Kiwi climate scientists led by Victoria University of Wellington's Dave Frame has found the major 2007 and 2013 droughts - which the Treasury estimates led to $4.8 billion in lost GDP - were seriously exacerbated by climate ...
Australia had more supersized bushfires creating their own storms last summer than in previous 30 years
Australia experienced more supersized weather-generating fires in the 2019-20 bushfire season than in the previous 30 years, the royal commission into national natural disaster arrangements has heard. Huge thunderstorm-type clouds called pyrocumulonimbus form over fires in particularly hot, dry and dangerous conditions and are capable of generating their own winds and lightning.
One billion people will live in insufferable heat within 50 years – study
The human cost of the climate crisis will hit harder, wider and sooner than previously believed, according to a study that shows a billion people will either be displaced or forced to endure insufferable heat for every additional 1C rise in the global temp. In a worst-case scenario of accelerating emissions, areas currently home to a third of the world’s population will be as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara within 50 years, the paper warns. Even in the most optimistic outlook, 1.2...