• Andrea Vance

New Zealand sea level rise: Councils' $8b climate change warning

Local councils are facing a $5-8 billion bill to replace vital infrastructure lost to climate change in the next half-century - and they want a national war chest to pay for it.

For the first time, environment and engineering researchers have calculated the cost of replacing pipes, roads and buildings destroyed by sea-level rise.

The data is included in a new Local Government New Zealand report which spells out a dire warning about the country's ability to fund repairs. The organisation is now calling on the Government to create a national climate change adaptation fund to help meet the costs.

Grand total replacement value of exposed infrastructure bar chart

Click on the image to read the full story from STUFF (stuff.co.nz).

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