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Rightwing New Zealand government accused of ‘war on nature’ as it takes axe to climate policies

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🗞️ Driving the news: New Zealand's government faces backlash after announcing cuts to climate action projects in its 2024/25 budget
• Significant investments were made in law and order, education, health, and tax cuts, but climate initiatives saw sweeping reductions

🔭 The context: Finance Minister Nicola Willis described the budget as "fiscally responsible," aimed at addressing inflation and cost-of-living issues
• The budget included a $200 million boost for rail improvements and $1 billion for disaster-affected regions but cut numerous climate-related programs

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Critics argue these cuts undermine New Zealand's climate resilience and mitigation efforts
• Reducing funding for emissions reduction, renewable energy, and environmental monitoring weakens the country's response to climate change

⏭️ What's next: The government's approach may face legal and political challenges, particularly from environmental groups and opposition parties
• Future policies will need to balance fiscal responsibility with effective climate action to address ongoing environmental crises

📈 One stat: The budget aims to save $102 million annually by cutting various environmental programs and reducing climate change spending

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