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It’s deja vu all over again: NZ consultation on climate target set up to be a farce

Gareth Renowden May 26, 2015

At the end of last week, with the deadline1 for submissions on a post-2020 target for New Zealand emissions rapidly approaching, the Ministry for the Environment released a second set of economic cost estimates for various emissions targets. These cost estimates are substantially lower, the Ministry admits, than the costs in the consultation document issued […] … Read More

Federated Farmers: sticking their heads in the soil?

Cindy Baxter May 12, 2015

Federated Farmers says farmers don’t need to worry about the causes of climate change, they only need to cope with the impacts. Feds President William Rolleston says they have “no position” on whether mankind is influencing global warming, and say that looking at the causes is not that helpful. No position? “We [farmers] need to […] … Read More

NZ government to consult on Paris emissions target

Gareth Renowden May 08, 2015

Climate change minister Tim Groser announced yesterday that the government is to consult on a post-2020 emissions target to present at the UNFCC conference in Paris in December. The consultation process is open to written submissions now, and there will be a series of public meetings and hui starting in Nelson on Wed May 13, […] … Read More

Milk cow blues: dirty dairy costs NZ dear, but methane cuts might work

Gareth Renowden Apr 30, 2015

There’s good news and bad news for New Zealand’s dairy industry this week. On the one hand, research has found a number of compounds that can cut methane emissions from ruminants (cows and sheep) by up to 90% by reducing populations of the bacteria that produce the gas. On the other hand, research into the […] … Read More

Climate battle at NBR: Rodney’s rubbish versus Wiggs wisdom

Gareth Renowden Apr 26, 2015

New Zealand’s leading business media outfit — the National Business Review — has long dallied with climate denial, providing a platform for former ACT party leader Rodney Hide (amongst others) to push climate tosh. Last week Rodney used his regular opinion column to attack the government’s emissions policies (behind paywall) — fair enough, given that […] … Read More

NZ’s emissions target scam – Groser & Co’s creative accounting exposed

Mr February Apr 20, 2015

Simon Johnson (aka MrFebruary) looks at how climate change minister Tim Groser and the National-led government intend to use creative carbon accounting to ensure that New Zealand meets its 2020 climate change target (a five percent reduction) in spite of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) projected to increase to 2020 and beyond. On 10 April […] … Read More

The Age of Sustainable Development

Bryan Walker Apr 01, 2015

It is profoundly depressing to hear pundits and politicians talking about the prospects for economic growth with no reference to either equity or environmental constraints. In the case of New Zealand a “rock star” economy can apparently develop accompanied by dismaying levels of child poverty, excited expectations of new oil and gas discoveries which spell […] … Read More

Totten hots up, ice shelves melting: it’s grim down south

Gareth Renowden Mar 30, 2015

Much news in recent weeks from Antarctica, and none of it good. An Argentinian base on the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula recently reported a new high temperature record for the continent — 17.5ºC. A team of scientists has discovered that East Antarctica’s Totten Glacier — which drains a catchment that contains enough ice to […] … Read More

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