Climate change – is New Zealand prepared?

By Ruth Laugesen In Current Affairs

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22nd September, 2012
From their seafront home in Paekakariki, Don Polly and Allie Webber look out across a narrow road onto rolling waves and the blue-green hulk of Kapiti Island. In 50 years’ time, according to a hazard map just issued by the Kapiti District Council, the waves will cover the road in front of the house. In 100 years, the house itself will be inundated. Their home is among 1800 high-value homes up and down the Kapiti Coast expected to face erosion and flooding as a result of rising seas and storm surges from climate change. A thousand of them are expected to be at risk within 50 years. Polly is ...

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