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Ministry ditches sea level standard

Environment officials have told the Science Media Centre they have no plans to continue with a National Environmental Standard (NES) for future sea level rise.

Environment officials have told the Science Media Centre they have no plans to continue with a National Environmental Standard (NES) for future sea level rise.

The Ministry for the Environment was considering setting a mandatory minimum projected sea level rise that councils would have had to take into account when planning for the effects of future climate change.

But the ministry now says there are no plans to create a NES  and individual councils are "best placed" to make their own assessments and set regional plans.

On its website, the ministry had previously said it wanted to see councils planning for 80cm of rise in sea levels this century. An NES would have set out a base amount of future sea-level rise to plan for.

Councils approached by the Science Media Centre are projecting levels from 0.5m-1m.


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