Auckland New Zealand.
New Zealand is known globally for its clean, green image, but climate change, the build up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, through the burning of fossile fules has been predicted to negatively impact New Zealand in many ways. Environmentally, temperatures and sea levels will rise, along with the frequency of extreme weather conditions such as droughts. The increased frequency of droughts will have a significant impact on the New Zealand economy due to the agricultural industry being unable to cope with the conditions. Citizen health will decline in the next hundred years with warmer summers bringing an increased risk of air-borne and water-borne diseases.
2 Table of Contents Abstract 1 1.Introduction. 3 2.Findings. 4 Main Research Question: How might climate change affect New Zealand? 2.1 What are the predicted environmental impacts of climate change within New Zealand? 2.2 How might droughts caused by climate change affect New Zealand 's economy 2.3 What social impact might Climate change have for New Zealand? 2.4 How might Climate change impact Health? 3. Conclusion. 7 4. Appendix 1: Projected temperatures chart. 8 Appendix 2: Ecosystem impairment and health impacts chart. 9 5.References. 10
This report will look at climate change within New Zealand, it will focus on the predicted impacts of climate change in four specific areas: Environmentally, economically, socially and the health effects. This report will not focus how to reduce the effects of global warming, but a course of action will be mentioned in the conclusion.
Human activities are changing the natural levels of greenhouse gases, over the last hundred years the burning process of fossil fuels such as coal and oil has increased the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
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