Fiji Time: 10:35 PM on Wednesday 21 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Need for real effort

Dawn Gibson
Friday, May 16, 2014

CLIMATE change is everyone's battle and we cannot put it off forever.

This was one of the many worrying sentiments made yesterday by New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research chief scientist Dr David Wratt while speaking at the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group two report.

Dr Wratt said unless people stood together and collectively made a real effort to change the way they used energy, the planet would only continue to heat up.

"Basically, how much the world warms up depends on how much carbon we burn, how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere," Dr Wratt said.

"The problem is that once we put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, some of it stays there for a very long time, so if we stop emitting carbon dioxide, which is just about impossible because we burn fossil fuels and so on, the temperature won't suddenly drop down because the carbon dioxide will still be there."

He said the climate battle was indeed a sacrifice the world had to take on immediately, before any progress could be made.

"How much are people that live in New Zealand and the United States prepared to do so that people in the Pacific Islands won't have a problem with rising sea levels?

"It's pretty difficult."

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64740.6284
JPY 53.386250.3862
GBP 0.35270.3447
EUR 0.40460.3926
NZD 0.69590.6629
AUD 0.64750.6225
USD 0.49700.4800



Exchange Rate updated on 21st, March, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Deadly disease
  2. SGS junior has fastest 100m time
  3. Veremalua wants another gold, a win for his daughter
  4. Free education clarification
  5. SJSS take two
  6. Datt declares NFP support
  7. Home for widow
  8. Police question 13year old for rape
  9. Drop-outs return to school
  10. Simpson wins it for Grammar

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sims' 100th game Thursday (15 Mar)
  2. Meningococcal disease outbreak Tuesday (20 Mar)
  3. Men urged to marry Thursday (15 Mar)
  4. 'Forced to go' Saturday (17 Mar)
  5. Doctors speak out Sunday (18 Mar)
  6. No desk for this girl Monday (19 Mar)
  7. Where are our horses Sunday (18 Mar)
  8. Baravilala's ode to Cessna victims Thursday (15 Mar)
  9. A star in the making Thursday (15 Mar)
  10. 12 dead by disease Tuesday (20 Mar)