Photos from the grim new reality of New Zealand

New Zealand is becoming an arid, salt-soaked wasteland — and increasingly tough to live in, according to Quartz.

Like both the United States and Europe, its coastline has been shrinking for decades due to a combination of the impact of climate change and human-induced sea level rise. The effect is clear to see, including in this photo of the city of Picton, which is now “an hour by car from the Gulf Stream,” as its former name reflects.

1) Population — 2.2 million

2) Washing New Zealand — 540 million liters of water a year

3) Beach erosion — 140 miles of coastline damaged

4) Solitary wind storm — estimated at one million liters

5) Sea level rise — about 30 inches is projected by 2100

6) Fisheries — 56 percent of NZ is marine, 40 percent are commercial fisheries

7) New Zealanders — about 48 percent live in New Zealand but roam as they wish in third world countries

8) Huge cities — Auckland and Christchurch each have a population of over 800,000

9) Historically forests — 210,000 hectares of forest area

10) Million-dollar houses — Multiple mansions in Auckland alone have multimillion-dollar price tags

11) 18th century wetlands — the largest continuous freshwater wetlands in the world

12) Tourism — reaching more than 1.8 million annual visitors, more than any other country in the world

13) Small cities — have populations of less than 50,000 people

14) Ancient forests — the largest habitat left in NZ was last identified in 1899

15) Percentage of the native forest that has been lost — about half

16) Washed away — not much remains of the city of Picton

17) Off shore farming — about 21 percent of the country’s total land area is now under cultivation, and a few crops are established on smaller islands

18) Massive seashell industry — about 320,000 people collect and sell thousands of tons of shells and seashells from New Zealand beaches and rivers every year

19) Gross domestic product — $77 billion in 2017 (equal to 18th in the world)

20) Least globalized economy in the world — small country exports very little to global markets

21) Carbon emissions — between 20 percent and 30 percent of NZ’s total population uses fossil fuels

22) Water pollution — chloride pollution in rivers is among the world’s worst, with Pukehinma Bay, located south of Auckland, ranking second to Zanzibar as the most polluted of 205 coastal areas

23) Campaigns against wind farms — earlier this year two wind farms near Pukehinma Bay raised over $32 million in funding.

24) Penalties — 500,000NZD ($399,000 USD) for the damage caused by a single ship

25) Groundwater table — southern North Island in particular is experiencing a sea-level rise, and water table levels have dropped

26) Other species — some bird species, most notably crows, red-throated loons and parrots, suffer declines because of thinning fish populations

27) Endangered — dozens of endangered species of mammals are located in NZ’s vast wilderness

28) Environmental profile — second in the world for cleanest air and water

29) GDP per capita — about $25,000 USD in 2017

30) No natural disasters — New Zealand has a history of resilience and survival

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