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EDITORIAL: Numbers show the game is up

Monday 13 Feb 17 9:00am

By editor ADELIA HALLETT | Try these numbers: Humans are causing the climate to change at 170 times the natural rate. Our “carbon budget” to keep warming below 1.5deg will be used up in five years. New Zealand’s per person emissions work out to 18 tonnes a year each – nine times higher than the global allowance.

They’re among the numbers we’ve come across in the past week or so, and added together, they should be enough to jump-start urgent and drastic action.

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