Incredible news in New Zealand , as it has banned new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration in efforts to tackle climate change . The Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Act passed its third reading in Parliament on Wednesday with 63 votes in favor and 55 against, New Zealand Herald reported. "New Zealanders want to see a future for their country where we take action on climate change" Minister of Energy and Resources Megan Woods said at the third reading . "Where we have a long-term economic plan for our country, where we have the courage to look beyond the three-year political cycle and plan for the next 10, 20, 30 and 40 years." The bill will preserve existing exploration permits, an area that covers roughly 100,000 square kilometers, Woods noted. "Those permit holders will have the same rights and privileges that they do before this legislation comes into force," she said. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ‘s coalition government first set the ban’s wheels in motion in April . "The whole world is going in this direction," Ardern said then. "We all signed up to the Paris agreement that said we’re moving towards carbon-neutrality, and now we need to […]

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