New Zealand’s stance at the international climate talks in Mexico is under fire from senior doctors here.
Health professional organisation Ora Taiao spokeswoman, Dr Alexandra Macmillan, says New Zealand negotiators are harming the talks which end today.
She says they are seeking complex loopholes that will allow New Zealand to continue counting harvested exotic forests as carbon sinks even after they have been chopped down.
“Essentially what are representatives are doing is trying to fiddle the numbers so our figures look better which isn’t helping a new global deal,” she told Newstalk ZB.
Dr Macmillan says this may seem a canny economic move for New Zealand in the short term, but it will create a loophole for countries to destroy native forests and wetlands.
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