The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
New Zealand Passes 'Historic' Zero Emissions Bill
New Zealand politicians reached across the aisle this week to pass a historic bill aiming to get the country to zero emissions by 2050 and fulfill its commitments under the Paris agreement.
In a 119 to one vote, the bill, which commits New Zealand to keeping global warming below 1.5 C through a variety of measures, was spearheaded by the liberal government and supported by the conservative opposition National party, who'd attempted and failed to add amendments to the bill.
Methane from the country's farming industry, which brings in much of the country's foreign income, would be subject to less ambitious declines. "We have to start working beyond targets," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Parliament before the bill passed. "We have to start working beyond aspiration. We have start moving beyond signs of hope and deliver signs of action. That is what this government is doing and proudly so."
"Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." Prime Minister @jacindaardern gave her speech at the third and final reading of the Zero Carbon Bill today. 🌏👀⬇️ pic.twitter.com/GVf3TL3dxG
— New Zealand Labour (@nzlabour) November 7, 2019
For a deeper dive:
- To Save Its Bottle Nose Dolphins, New Zealand Banned Swimming ... ›
- Major Threats to New Zealand's Environment Highlighted in ... ›
- New Zealand Government to Plant 100 Million Trees Yearly ... ›
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
In a new report about how the world's coral reefs face "the combined threats of climate change, pollution, and overfishing" — endangering the future of marine biodiversity — a London-based nonprofit calls for greater global efforts to end the climate crisis and ensure the survival of these vital underwater ecosystems.
The world is using up more and more resources and global recycling is falling. That's the grim takeaway from a new report by the Circle Economy think tank, which found that the world used up more than 110 billion tons, or 100.6 billion metric tons, of natural resources, as Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
By George Citroner
- Recent research finds that official government figures may be underestimating drug deaths by half.
- Researchers estimate that 142,000 people died due to drug use in 2016.
- Drug use decreases life expectancy after age 15 by 1.4 years for men and by just under 1 year for women, on average.
Government records may be severely underreporting how many Americans die from drug use, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University.