New Zealand Paris Climate Agreement
The following local agencies have declared a climate emergency: Nelson (May 16, 2019), Environment Canterbury (May 23, 2019), Kapiti (May 23, 2019), Auckland, (June 11, 2019), Wellington (20). (June 25, 2019)  Dunedin, (June 25, 2019), Hutt Valley (June 26, 2019), Hawkes Bay Regional Council 26 June 2019 and Whangarei (July 26, 2019).  China could delay the presentation of climate plans in the face of a slowing economy Sea level rise will continue to threaten coastal areas and erode and alter landscapes, while causing saltwater infiltration into soils, reduced soil quality and limited plant growth.  The Department of the Environment says that by 2050-70, storms and floods, which produce extreme coastal water levels, will occur on average at least once a year instead of once every 100 years. Tim Naish, a GNS climatologist, says that if sea levels rise by two metres by the end of the century, a one-in-a-hundred-year flood event will be a daily occurrence. Naish says: “We are a coastal nation, so we will be whipped by rising sea levels. In many areas, we must withdraw, “which is accompanied by massive disruptions and social and economic problems.” The decision of municipal councils to declare climate emergencies has given rise to a debate in the media about what an emergency declaration really means and whether such statements are supported by important measures to address the problem.   Under the government of Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand tried to play a progressive role in the climate negotiations. (Photo: NATO/Flickr) In 2017, the Maori party pledged to develop renewable and alternative fuels, including subsidized solar modules for all households in New Zealand, and to install them in schools, marae, hospitals and government agencies. It also wanted to set legally binding emission reduction targets, close all coal-fired power plants by 2025, support the development of renewable resources and plant 100,000 hectares of forests over the next ten years. The party also agreed to set up an independent climate commission to ensure this, but also wanted subsidized electric vehicles for community groups. They also proposed a new category of visas for Pacific refugees.
 However, the Maori party lost all its seats in this election.