Ice Apocalypse

Why 2m not 1m of sea-level rise must be new benchmark for major coastal development

Rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers causing up to 3.3m of sea level rise is plausible

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James Renwick’s Climate Change Discussion in Thames

RenwickOn Wednesday eminent climate scientist Prof James Renwick spoke to a packed public meeting in Thames. Given the limited publicity about the meeting, the turnout of over 100 was impressive. Some people had traveled from north of Coromandel, and from Whitianga to attend. Continue reading “James Renwick’s Climate Change Discussion in Thames”

No New Mines on Conservation Land – says New Government

Huge Win for Coromandel Communities

After nearly 40 years of protesting, lobbying, direct action, media, and general political and social pressure the new government has announced that there will be no new mines on conservation land throughout New Zealand!  Yeah !

The new Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage made the following announcement today….. Continue reading “No New Mines on Conservation Land – says New Government”

Climate Change Threat to Local Storm Water Systems – Report

New Report Confirms Risks to Whitianga Stormwater Spending

Back in August, I pointed out that the Thames-Coromandel District Council had ignored Government sea level rise guidance and Regional Council sea flooding maps when considering the proposal for a $6.5 million upgrade of the Whitianga Town Centre. According to that advice and mapping, the whole project area could potentially be flooded by the sea in coming decades. 

Now a major new report – “Climate Change & Stormwater and Wastewater Systems” has concluded that many coastal stormwater and wastewater systems will not be able to cope with climate change stresses and sea level rise. Continue reading “Climate Change Threat to Local Storm Water Systems – Report”