Carbon News 24/11/14: penny-pinching on climate funding

By Gareth Renowden 24/11/2014

Govt slammed for weak climate fund contribution

The Government is under fire for the size of its contribution to a global fund to help developing countries to combat climate change. New Zealand last week agreed to donate $3 million to the Green Climate Fund. That’s half the amount pledged by Luxembourg and the Czech Republic, and 3 per cent of what’s been promised by South Korea, the Netherlands, Finland and Denmark.

Climate change a little too far down Labour’s list

By CN editor Adelia Hallett: New Labour Party leader Andrew Little appears to rank climate change only slightly more importantly than does Prime Minister John Key. Little, elected as leader last week, announced his shadow cabinet today. The climate change and environment portfolios have gone to relatively low-profile MP Megan Woods, who is ranked 13th in the line-up, and outside the front bench.

New shadow minister eyes climate change priorities

Labour’s new climate change and environment spokesperson says there’s never been a time when she didn’t believe in climate change.

Yealands wins sustainability award

Yealands Family Wines took the top prize in this year’s Sustainable Business Network Awards.

Green revolution trebles human burden on planet

Humans are changing not just climate overall, but also the difference between seasons in any given year.

Obama pledge gets dollars flowing into climate fund

It was quite a week for those waiting for some action on climate change.

Investors slow to take up climate change fight

Global investment in climate change reduction has fallen for the second year in a row, a drop of $28 billion from 2012, and far below estimates of what is needed, according to new research

NZ carbon measuring project turns 60

Sixty years ago, New Zealand scientists started the world’s first long time-series of atmospheric radiocarbon measurements.

Six steps world leaders must agree to take to protect earth

International talks in Paris in 2015 could see the world’s nations agree to limit global warming to a rise of 2C.

On the web: Toyota hopes to recreate Prius success with hydrogen-powered Mirai

  • Next president could make or break US climate plans
  • Industry shock as marine energy leader Pelamis to call in administrators
  • Germany’s climate targets unattainable with dirty coal power, analysts say
  • Europe reveals plans to ration shoppers to 40 free carrier bags a year
  • NASA animation shows stunning year in the life of carbon emissions

UN warns Pacific Islands of extreme weather risks

Extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for island states’ industry and infrastructure, warns the United Nations.

Court rules Britain must clean up air pollution

The UK government will be forced to urgently clean up illegal air pollution in British cities following a ruling in the European court of justice.

Australia’s coal and gas exports being left stranded

The United States and China have announced goals to reduce emissions by 26 per cent to 28 per cent and to cap emissions by 2030 respectively.

How a garden on your roof could fight floods this winter

In recent years, there seems to have been a rise in the extreme weather all over the world from terrible flooding in Bangladesh and Pakistan, the record cold snap in North America, to one of the wettest winters on record in the United Kingdom.

NZUs bubble at $4.30

We continue to bubble around $4.3,5 with not much pushing it either way at present, OMFinancial reports.

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