Why climate change matters
Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge of our time. It is already affecting our climate, agriculture, native ecosystems, infrastructure, health and biosecurity. If left unchecked it will have broad social and economic impacts.
We cannot afford to ignore what is happening in New Zealand and globally.
We all have a role to play
We all need to work on ways to cut our emissions, adapt to the effects of climate change and become more resilient to the changes that are coming.
State of our atmosphere and climate
Our national data gives us a picture of the state of our atmosphere and climate and how it is changing.
This data is essential for making informed decisions and measuring our progress towards our climate change targets.
Likely impacts of climate change
Our changing climate will affect our economy, environment and way of life. We are uncertain about the pace and scale of future change. We do know that planning for the future means planning for a different climate.
New Zealand needs resilient systems able to deal with the scale and pace of change.
What the Government is doing
The Government has a range of initiatives to help New Zealand transition to a low emissions economy and reduce the impacts of climate change.
Government announces set of improvements to New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme
Media release from Acting Climate Change Minister Julie Anne Genter
Walking our talk in transitioning to a low-emissions economy
We are now measuring and monitoring our carbon emissions so we can do our bit to transition to a low-emissions future.