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Written by Michael Field, Fairfax Media. Photo: Elizabeth Forgie   
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
WEATHER FORECAST: A newly produced report on the effects of climate change says extreme weather events such as the recent Northland floods will become more common.

A United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was finalised in Brussels last Friday and its regional content were released in Auckland today.

Dr Jim Salinger of NIWA Science, a lead author of the Australia and New Zealand chapter, said their work is based on 550 research studies.

"The potential impacts of climate change for New Zealand are likely to be substantial without further adaptation. The most vulnerable sectors are natural systems, water security and coastal communities."

Water security, natural ecosystems, and coastal communities are the three sectors most vulnerable to climate change in New Zealand.

The report says that as a result of reduced precipitation and increased evaporation, water security problems are projected to intensify by 2030 in Northland and some eastern regions.

Ongoing coastal development and population growth in areas such as Northland to Bay of Plenty are projected to increase risks from sea-level rise and increases in the severity and frequency of storms and coastal flooding by 2050.

Click on the player below to activate then click play to hear comments from today's press conference on the impact of global warming on New Zealand. Speaking first is NIWA's principal scientist Dr Jim Salinger and later Dr David Wratt of NIWA's climate unit.

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