The government’s decision to create a new panel to advise it on the impending risks associated with climate change hasn’t gone unnoticed by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ).
The Ministry for the Environment announced last week that it has appointed a National Climate Change Risk Assessment panel.
Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw says the initial step is to create a risk assessment framework which will enable it to compare the broad range of risks involved.
The report spells out the legal responsibilities local government has under the Local Government Act and the Resource Management Act which could be used against them in relation to climate change.
By: Stephen Forbes, www.interest.co.nz
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