What impacts will climate change have in Northland?
Climate change will increasingly disrupt Northland’s water, land, ecosystems, people and economy.
In 2016, we commissioned a report from NIWA on how climate change may affect Northland over the coming century (there’s a link to the summary report at the bottom of this page). In terms of numbers, the potential impacts NIWA talked about included:
- an increase in annual average temperature: up to 1.25°C in most seasons by 2040, and more than 3.25°C of warming projected for summer by 2090
- an increase in the number of ‘hot days’ (days >25°C) each year, from 25 days now to 90 days by 2090, for Northland as a whole
- an increase in drought frequency, duration and intensity: the risk of this is highest on the east and west coasts, and southern inland areas
- up to 10% less spring rainfall for some areas by 2040, growing to up to 20% for eastern areas by 2090
- more intense storms and rainfall events.
While climate change will alter our physical environment in these and other ways, the consequences of those changes will affect our communities, cultural taonga and natural ecosystems. Here’s how climate change could change our lives, in a bit more detail.
Shifting to a net-zero emissions society
The scale of change required to limit dangerous global warming will require significant shifts in the energy we use, how and where we plan our communities, and how we operate businesses. The economic, cultural and societal upheavals of such a shift will have consequences for Northlanders – particularly for Māori, rural landowners, farmers, manufacturers, and those with limited financial resources.
Council is committed to working with organisations and communities to help reduce emissions, and support an equitable transition to a net-zero emissions society.