Climate change review angers NZ environment groups

Climate change review angers NZ environment groups

Climate change review angers NZ environment groups

Updated 19 December 2011, 13:06 AEDT

New Zealand enviromental groups are angry about the new government's plan to possibly review the science behind climate change.

They review would be part of Prime Minister John Key's election pledge to reassess New Zealand's emissions trading.

The country's carbon market is now on hold, just weeks before its planned start date.

The scheme was to be the first carbon cap-and-trade scheme outside of Europe and would meet obligations under the Kyoto climate-change protocol.

Prime Minister John Key, and his climate change minister, Nick Smith, says they will adopt a carbon trading scheme in some form, but a revised version might not start until 2010.

The government has also suggested a possible review of the science behind climate change, a move that has outraged environmental groups, who say New Zealand's reputation will be damaged if the concept of global warming is questioned.

Data released by the UN climate change secretariat shows New Zealand had the sixth highest growth in emissions out of 40 industrialised countries between 1990 and 2006.