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Pollution in New Zealand

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Pollution is an environmental issue in New Zealand with a number of measures being taken to reduce its severity. New Zealand is sometimes viewed as being "clean and green" but this can be refuted due to pollution levels, amongst other factors.


Soil pollutionEdit

Water pollutionEdit

Water pollution in New Zealand varies depending on the level of development in water catchment areas. In recent years concerns have been raised about the effect of intensification of dairy farming on water quality. The Dairying and Clean Streams Accord was established to address problems with water pollution due to dairy farming.

Marine pollutionEdit

Air pollutionEdit

Smog was a problem in Christchurch.[when?]

New Zealand has a relatively unique greenhouse gas emissions profile. In 2007, agriculture contributed 48.2% of total emissions, energy (including transport); 43.2%, industry; 6.1%, waste; 2.4%. In other Kyoto Protocol Annex 1 countries, agriculture typically contributes about 11% of total emissions.[1] From 1990 to 2007, total greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand increased by 22.1%. Emission increases by sector were - agriculture; 12.1%, energy; 39.2%, industry; 35.0%. Only the small waste sector reduced emissions, by 25.3%.[1]


Notable occurrencesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990–2007. Ministry for the Environment (2009-04). Retrieved on 2010-01-02.

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