Very moderate temperatures. New Zealand said on Friday, 3 September, that the winter has been milder in winter as a result of climate change. National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), government agency.
From June to August, temperatures were above average by 1.32 degrees Celsius, NIWA said, beating the previous record set last year. Since 2000, New Zealand has experienced 7 of the 10 hottest winters on record, according to the organization.
The last time the archipelago recorded consecutive winters with record mild temperatures dates back to 1970 and 1971. Now, these two years, respectively, will be 18th and 13th in order, which goes back to 1909.
“What was considered unusually hot at the time is no longer considered unusual.”Nava Fdaev, NIWA meteorologist
to Agence France-Presse
According to meteorologist Neva Vidaev, climatic phenomena played a role during these two record years. But what makes the real difference is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
A station near Wellington, the nation’s capital, recorded an atmospheric carbon dioxide level of 320 parts per million (ppm), the unit of measure used to estimate air pollution, in the early 1970s. That level is now 412ppm, an increase of more than 30%.
Last year, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared a “climate emergency” in Parliament, stressing the need for rapid action in this area for the benefit of future generations.
New Zealand is among the countries that have pledged to achieve a carbon-neutrality goal by 2050. The country, with a population of less than 5 million, has pledged to produce 100% renewable energy by 2035.
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