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NZ passes historic climate change legislation

11/07/2019 12:10 pm ET Molly Taft
NZ passes historic climate change legislation

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New Zealand politicians reached across the aisle this week to pass a historic bill aiming to get the country to zero emissions by 2050. This goal would fulfill its commitments under the Paris Agreement.

The bill passed in a 119 to one vote. It commits New Zealand to keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees through a variety of measures.

The liberal government spearheaded the bill with support by the conservative opposition National party—who attempted and failed to add amendments to the bill.

Methane from the country’s farming industry, which brings in much of the country’s foreign income, would be subject to less ambitious declines.

“We have to start working beyond targets,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Parliament before the bill passed. “We have to start working beyond aspiration. We have started moving beyond signs of hope and deliver signs of action. That is what this government is doing and proudly so.”

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