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Carbon News 20/10/14: Chile’s carbon tax, soil SOS and more pressure on dirty investments

Gareth Renowden Oct 20, 2014

Chile’s new tax could open carbon doors for NZ Chile’s new carbon tax potentially offers New Zealand an opportunity to offset some of its own agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, says economist Dr Suzi Kerr. The $US5-a-tonne carbon tax slipped into Chilean law last month as part of a package of tax reforms. Soils SOS as […] … Read More

NZ hikes terrorism threat to “low”, ignores Pentagon warning of “immediate” threat from climate change

Cindy Baxter Oct 20, 2014

So, the threat of a terrorist attack on New Zealand is upon us has risen from “very low” to “low” — second to lowest in a ranking that has six levels. Cabinet is now urgently reviewing our security laws to make sure we’re equipped to deal with this horrific new threat. The media has dedicated […] … Read More

MiSTORY

Bryan Walker Oct 17, 2014

Anyone who follows the science of climate change knows that we are heading for environmental and social turmoil along our current path. In his new novel MiSTORY author Philip Temple imaginatively pictures what that turmoil might mean decades on from now. New Zealand is in a political mess. Conflict abroad and conflict within. A long-lasting […] … Read More

Salinger: New Zealand is drying out, and here’s why

Gareth Renowden Oct 14, 2014

In this guest post Jim Salinger (currently working in Italy, but soon to return to these shores), takes a look at the climate influences on last year’s severe New Zealand drought. It first appeared on The Conversation. Over 2012 and 2013, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years. Drought is […] … Read More

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Carbon News 13/10/14: foresters in firing line

Gareth Renowden Oct 14, 2014

Anxious foresters await review of foreign credits ban A controversial decision to make foresters the only emitters banned from using cheap foreign carbon credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions is under review. The provision was slipped through without warning as part of the Government’s Budget in May, and came into effect immediately. Business poser: […] … Read More

This Changes Everything

Bryan Walker Oct 06, 2014

Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate places the battle against climate change firmly in the context of the struggle for social justice. Fighting climate change means reordering the ways our economies are structured. The pillars of the reigning economic paradigm – privatisation, deregulation and lower taxation paid for by cuts […] … Read More

Extremes report 2013: NZ drought and record Aussie heat made worse by warming

Gareth Renowden Oct 01, 2014

The latest climate extremes report finds that 9 out of 16 extreme weather events from last year were influenced by climate change. In particular, the conditions that led to New Zealand’s severe North Island drought — the worst for 41 years, estimated to have cost the economy NZ$1.3 billion — were made more likely by […] … Read More

Carbon News 29/9/14: Key challenged over climate impacts on Pacific islands

Gareth Renowden Sep 29, 2014

Memo John Key: look Pacific Island leaders in the eye The Government is being challenged to invite the leaders of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati to come and tell Parliament what they think of New Zealand’s climate change policies. Support to help Small Island Developing States move to renewable energy is one of five […] … Read More

Where do we go but nowhere?

Gareth Renowden Sep 26, 2014

New Zealand’s general election is over. The National Party has won itself another three years in government. With a probable overall majority and the support of three fringe MPs, prime minister John Key and his cabinet will be able to do more or less what they like. Given the government’s performance on climate matters over […] … Read More

TDB Today: Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)

Gareth Renowden Sep 24, 2014

Take the time to listen to Emma Thompson’s stirring address to the climate marchers in London last weekend, and then head on over to The Daily Blog where in my post this week I examine the likely consequences of the re-election of a National-led government, and ruminate on the need to get ideology and politics […] … Read More