Since 2000, it has become New Zealand Seven of the 10 hottest winters ever recorded. 2021 was no exception with temperatures 1.32 degrees above average between June and August. sad log linked
Global Warming which comes to topple the one that was created last year, the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) announced.
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.
Carbon dioxide is the main factor
“What was considered unusually hot at the time is no longer considered unusual,” said Nava Vidaev, a meteorologist at NIWA. Climate phenomena played a role in these two record years, she says, but what makes the real difference is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
Recorded station near Wellington rate Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere 320 parts per million (ppm), the unit of measure used to measure air pollution, in the early 1970s, and that level now stands at 412 parts per million, an increase of more than 30%.
state of the ‘climate emergency’
Last year, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared a “climate emergency” to 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 five million, has pledged to produce 100% renewable energy by 2035.
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