April 01, 2014
Maori risk in climate change
Maori families could be among those most adversely affected by the effects of climate change, according New Zealand scientists assessing the latest impact report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The report warned of severe impacts of climate change if countries do not act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Dr Alexandra Macmillan of OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, says shifting weather patterns and extreme temperatures will have a direct impact on health.
It will also affect food production, and low income families will increasingly struggle in the face of higher food prices.
Dr Macmillan says in New Zealand these effects will be felt most strongly by Maori, Pacific and lower socio economic groups, widening existing health injustice.
OraTaiao is calling for policies that protect the climate and promote health and fairness.
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