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Wednesday 8 Jul 15 11:30am

New Zealand will face droughts, floods, fires, social upheaval and catastrophic global economic damage if the world follows the country’s lead on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, says one of our leading climate experts.

Dr James Renwick - Professor of Physical Geography at Victoria University, an International Panel on Climate Change lead author, and formerly the chief scientist at the National Institute on Water and Atmosphere – says that cutting emissions at the rate that New Zealand proposes would lead to at least 3deg of warming by the end of the century.

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