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New Zealand government to make future decisions with climate change "lens"


Future decisions made by the New Zealand government will be taken under the "lens" of climate change.


Minister James Shaw released a statement after issues with flooding and bushfires over the summer.


Shaw is the Minister for the Environment as part of the government led by Jacinda Ardern.


He said:

“Decisions we take now and in the future about everything from the places we live, to how we get around, to public health, to how we relate to one another will be impacted one way or another by climate change.
"It’s crucial therefore that when we’re making big decisions climate change is at the forefront of our minds."

"Climate impacts assessment" will now be necessary for policy proposals that are designed to reduce emissions.