New Zealand stops new offshore oil exploration to battle climate change
Environmental rights group have described the government's decision as a "historic moment" for New Zealand. But opposition lawmakers have slammed the government, saying the move could undermine the economy.
New Zealand's government on Thursday announced it will halt new offshore oil and gas exploration as part of its strategy to combat climate change.
"There will be no further offshore oil and gas exploration permits granted," said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. "(We are) taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand."