Author(s): Veronika Meduna
2014 was the hottest year since record keeping began back in 1880. July 2015 was recently confirmed as the globe's hottest month ever recorded, both on land and in the oceans. This December a major international meeting, to be held in Paris, seeks a new agreement to address climate change. Against this historic backdrop, acclaimed Radio New Zealand science writer Veronika Meduna explores our future in a warmer world. Beginning with lessons from our ancient geological past, this BWB Text draws on current observations and increasingly sophisticated climate models to explain a range of climate change impacts and possible end-of-century scenarios for New Zealand. Distorted ecosystems, extreme weather, new landscapes and adapted foods are just some of the likely changes that amount to a radically different future for our country.
The author is a known writer and broadcaster of science environmental articles. In this text she writes about the possible and likely effects of climate change on our country. She looks back into the past to the Pliocene period when CO2 was last as high as it is now, she looks at what’s happening in Antarctica, she looks at insect and other fauna, especially our bats and the red-billed gull, and at future farming trends and our warming and eroding seas. She echoes concerns from Mike Joy's book about our wetlands and their destruction by rising seas. We need to act now and keep carbon in the ground. She argues that “Climate change is something that we all have a stake in and that whatever we do to turn climate change around will be beneficial in many aspects. From the perspective of 2100, it will certainly be clear that we had a chance to act!" - Peter
Veronika Meduna is both a science broadcaster with Radio New Zealand, producing and presenting Our Changing World, and an award-winning writer. Veronika trained and worked as a microbiologist before becoming a science journalist and has spent time at Oxford University, as a Chevening David Low Fellow, studying the media's role in communicating scientific risk and uncertainty.