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New Zealand passes landmark climate bill, sets zero-carbon goal


This past May, New Zealand’s Climate Change Minister James Shaw introduced a landmark climate bill. And this week, the country’s Parliament finally signed the bill into law, with unwavering support from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The Zero Carbon Bill passed 119 votes to one, with lawmakers across every side of the political aisle throwing their support behind the bill. The bill cements New Zealand as a leading nation in the fight against the climate crisis (which a group of 11,000 scientists just dubbed a “climate emergency”) — here’s what the Zero Carbon Bill means for the country of 5 million people.