Archive: Hot Topic 2012

1.5 to stay alive: big issues for small countries as Paris climate talks get down to nitty gritty

Cindy Baxter Dec 09, 2015

I’ve been in Paris for over a week now, and the speed at which everything goes past, including time, is frightening.   I think the 40,000 expected have now all arrived.  I’m getting worried the only Eiffel Tower I’ll see is the one made of red folding chairs at the end of the “Champs Elysee” at the meeting. We began last … Read More

Funding climate action: Sarah Thomson’s judicial review of NZ climate policy

Gareth Renowden Dec 09, 2015

Sarah Thomson, the Waikato law student who made news last month when she announced her intention to sue the New Zealand government for its weak climate targets, has launched a crowd-funding campaign to help cover the costs of a judicial review. The Give A Little campaign, created by former Hamilton City councillor Daphne Bell, launched today. At … Read More

A climate of peace in Paris?

Cindy Baxter Nov 27, 2015

The World Meteorological Organisation has now confirmed that 2010-2015 have been the hottest five year period in recorded history, and 2015 is shaping up to be the hottest ever.  We’re heading into possibly the strongest El Nino ever recorded, with its full fury yet to really hit. Baton down the hatches people, it’s going to be a wild ride. Read More

How Climate Change Deniers Sound to Normal People

Gareth Renowden Sep 11, 2015

Ssomething for the weekend: US comedy team Girl Pants Productions with a commentary on denier arguments. John Cook will be particularly pleased with the condom consensus argument… And a date for the diary of Wellingtonians: next Tuesday Steve Rintoul from CSIRO’s Oceans & Atmosphere Flagship and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre in … Read More

The Age Of Resilience starts tonight

Gareth Renowden Aug 26, 2015

A quick heads up that the Royal Society of New Zealand’s panel discussion series on the theme of The Age Of Resilience starts tonight at the Auckland Museum at 6pm. French and NZ experts will consider the “economic conundrum” of transitioning to a low-carbon economy and at the same time deliver a “high and sustainable level of human well-being”. Read More

The latest NZ Emissions Trading Scheme report

Gareth Renowden Aug 21, 2015

This is a guest post by Professor Euan Mason of the School of Forestry at the University of Canterbury. It is cross-posted from his Photosynthesis blog. New Zealand’s climate change policy failure is the main feature of the 2014 report on New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme (ETS). More than 95% of surrendered credits were imports, and the … Read More

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