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Report confirms increasing emissions impacting New Zealand

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Staff Writer | October 23, 2017
New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate.
New Zealand emissions
Pacific   Sea levels have risen 14–22cm
"Our atmosphere and climate 2017" reports on changes in global and domestic greenhouse gas emissions and how these are affecting our environment; provides projections for New Zealand’s climate; and the factors that influence our high summertime ultraviolet light levels.

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have increased 23% since 1972. Global gross greenhouse gas emissions have risen 51% from 1990 to 2013.

New Zealand gross greenhouse gas emissions have risen 24% from 1990 to 2015. While agriculture makes up nearly half of NZ gross emissions, road transport has had one of the largest increases in emissions, with a 78% increase since 1990.

New Zealand has experienced a 1°C temperature increase since 1909. New Zealand's glaciers have lost a quarter of their volume since 1977.

Sea levels have risen 14–22cm at four main New Zealand ports since 1916. The global production of ozone-depleting substances has dropped 98% from 1986 to 2015.