New Zealand sets global warming targets

New Zealand must become the world’s first greenhouse gas-neutral country, the country’s prime minister has said, outlining a series of ambitious environmental targets. 

In a speech opening a new session of parliament, Helen Clark pledged big emission cuts and compulsory targets for biofuels to replace gasoline. 

Climate change, she said, posed as big a threat to the world as the threat of nuclear holocaust had done during the Cold War. 

Her agenda, she said, would put New Zealand on a course to be the first country to be sustainable — economically, socially, environmentally and culturally.

“We have to make a stand for our world, and for our own sake”Helen Clark, New Zealand prime minister.

“I believe we can aspire to be carbon neutral in our economy and way of life,” she said. In her speech Clark said New Zealand could set an example for the world on climate change as it did in the 1980s with its nuclear-free policies.

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