Author(s): Veronika Meduna
2014 was the hottest year since record keeping began back in 1880. July 2015 was recently confirmed as the globe's hottest month ever recorded, both on land and in the oceans. This December a major international meeting, to be held in Paris, seeks a new agreement to address climate change. Against this historic backdrop, acclaimed Radio New Zealand science writer Veronika Meduna explores our future in a warmer world. Beginning with lessons from our ancient geological past, this BWB Text draws on current observations and increasingly sophisticated climate models to explain a range of climate change impacts and possible end-of-century scenarios for New Zealand. Distorted ecosystems, extreme weather, new landscapes and adapted foods are just some of the likely changes that amount to a radically different future for our country.
Veronika Meduna is both a science broadcaster with Radio New Zealand, producing and presenting Our Changing World, and an award-winning writer. Veronika trained and worked as a microbiologist before becoming a science journalist and has spent time at Oxford University, as a Chevening David Low Fellow, studying the media's role in communicating scientific risk and uncertainty.