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ScienceFebruary 4, 2021

100 Year Forecast: What will climate change mean for our animals?

Photo: 100 Year Forecast
Photo: 100 Year Forecast

Click here to see interactive data visualisations and watch all five episodes of 100 Year Forecast on our special interactive website.

Aotearoa’s ecosystems are already under strain from habitat loss and introduced pest species. A warmer climate, more extreme weather and rising sea levels will intensify these stresses. This episode explores which plants and animals are under threat and how New Zealand will become a more hospitable climate for invasive species.

100 Year Forecast explores what Aotearoa might look like in the next 100 years if we don’t take climate action now – and how much of a difference we can still make if we do. Each of its five episodes focuses on a different topic, from rising temperatures to rainfall and droughts and the effect on animal habitats, and projects a range of potential futures for New Zealand depending on what decisions we make now.

All five episodes and the special interactive website made for The Spinoff by Vanishing Point Studio are available now, featuring stunning maps and data visualisations from Chris McDowall, author of the acclaimed We Are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa.

100 Year Forecast is made with the support of NZ On Air.

First published October 1, 2020.

The Spinoff’s science content is made possible thanks to the support of The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a national institute devoted to scientific research.

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