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Climate change effects in New Zealand may be ‘irreversible’

Australasian snapper Pagrus auratus swimming under canopy of kelp forest.

International climate report warns of risks to kelp forests and Pacific islands

New Zealand’s climate is already changing, with a high likelihood of irreversible change to its natural systems, the latest global climate report has said.

The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group 2—called Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability—was released on 28 February. It outlines likely effects on a range of human activities and natural systems.

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