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New Zealand Releases its Climate Action Plan in Response to Commission’s Inquiry into Low emissions Economy

We're already taking action on many of the Productivity Commission's recommendations

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The New Zealand government is committed to "a just and rapid transition to a low emissions economy, because it's vital that we play our part looking after our planet", Xinhua news agency quoted Climate Change Minister James Shaw as saying in a statement. Pixabay

New Zealand on Saturday released its Climate Action Plan in response to a commission’s inquiry into the low emissions economy.

The New Zealand government is committed to “a just and rapid transition to a low emissions economy, because it’s vital that we play our part looking after our planet”, Xinhua news agency quoted Climate Change Minister James Shaw as saying in a statement.

“We’re already taking action on many of the Productivity Commission’s recommendations.

“The Commission was clear that we must work together across every sector of our economy, from energy to transport to agriculture. We are all in this togethe.

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New Zealand on Saturday released its Climate Action Plan in response to a commission’s inquiry into the low emissions economy. Pixabay

“Whether it’s supporting coastal communities to plan for sea level rise, working to make electric cars cheaper for families, or partnering with businesses and farmers to find the best ways to reduce their emissions and create sustainable jobs, our government is working alongside New Zealanders to tackle the climate crisis,” he added.

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Work is well underway to fix the Emissions Trading Scheme and establish an independent Climate Change Commission, reduce the price of electric cars, and require big businesses to report their climate-related financial risks, according to the Minister. (IANS)

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New Zealand To Decriminalize Abortion Through Reform Bill

Abortion to be considered a health issue and not a crime, proposed in new reform bill in New Zealand

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Abortion is a crime in New Zealand till now and the government is working to scrape that law. Pixabay

The New Zealand government on Monday announced a bill to decriminalize abortion so that it can be treated as a health issue, rather than a crime.

The reform bill proposes removing any statutory medical exam for women not more than 20 weeks into their pregnancy and includes the setting up of “safe areas” near abortion facilities to prevent women from being harassed or attacked, Efe news quoted Justice Minister Andrew Little as saying in a statement.

“Safe abortion should be treated and regulated as a health issue; a woman has the right to choose what happens to her body,” Little said.

“Abortion is the only medical procedure that is still a crime in New Zealand. It’s time for this to change.”

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A new bill proposes to decriminalize abortion in New Zealand. Pixabay

The bill, which will have its first reading in the New Zealand parliament on Thursday, also requires a health practitioner to authorize women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant to terminate the pregnancy if it poses a risk to their mental and physical health as well as their wellbeing.

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It also proposes that doctors opposed to providing abortion services on the grounds of conscience must inform pregnant women, who may seek services elsewhere, as well as that women be able to self-refer to a service provider, and health practitioners will advise women of counselling services available.

Currently, abortion is considered a crime in New Zealand, although women can terminate their pregnancies if two doctors consider it advisable for physical and mental health reasons. (IANS)