New Zealand symbolically declares climate emergency

WELLINGTON (AP) — Joining over 30 countries, New Zealand yesterday took the symbolic step of declaring a climate emergency. Lawmakers voted 76-43 in favour of the motion, in a split that followed party lines.

The government also launched a new initiative requiring many public agencies to become carbon neutral by 2025, in part by getting rid of coal boilers and buying electric cars.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin