The year 2014 was the hottest on record since we’ve begun collecting global temperature measurements in 1880. Even at its midway point, 2015 was already promising to take over this dubious record.
As new thresholds are breached, 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 describe 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.
What are BWB Texts?
BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Commissioned as short digital-first works, BWB Texts unlock diverse stories, insights and analysis from the best of our past, present and future New Zealand writing.
'Paris deal first step on long, hard path', Veronika Meduna, Radio NZ, 14 December 2015
'Climate of Hope: Q&A with Veronika Meduna', Q&A with Jamie Morton, New Zealand Herald, 10 December 2015
'Writer says Gisborne must prepare for climate change', Finn Rainger, Gisborne Herald, 10 December 2015
'NZ youth delegates report from COP21', Veronika Meduna, The Wireless, 9 December 2015
'What you need to know about climate change', Veronika Meduna, The Wireless, 7 December 2015
'A change is coming', Otago Daily Times, 7 December 2015
'If climate science and the implications of climate change seem overwhelming, this would be a good place to start' Sarah-Jane O'Connor, SciBooks, 22 January 2016
‘[Veronika] is one of the best communicators of science that this country has. She has managed to condense a wealth of information into the book’s 89 pages, and include suggestions for further reading for those interested in more depth in some of the matters discussed. The writing is clear, engaging and yet precise. There are many of these BWB texts, released in electronic and print form. I hope that they are all as good as this one. If you do not already have a good grasp of the science behind climate change, read it immediately.’ Gordon Findlay, Booksellers NZ, 16 November 2015