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New climate crisis "lens" will influence New Zealand's lawmaking process

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Just a few weeks after New Zealand passed a Zero Carbon Bill, which set various goals for the nation to lower its emissions, the country is taking things a step further. Going forward, the New Zealand government will be applying a new "Climate Implications of Policy Assessment" to all relevant governmental decisions, as reported by Stuff.co.nz. That means the country's lawmakers will have to take the climate crisis into account when considering certain new laws.

As New Zealand’s Climate Change Minister James Shaw explained, New Zealand lawmakers will now be required to consider the new climate impacts assessment for any bills that are either designed to lower emissions or produce more than 250,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions per year, according to The Guardian. So while the new lens will not effect every single bill that passes through the New Zealand parliament, it will certainly affect a few significant law proposals.