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Our Choice: Al’s plan to solve the climate crisis

Bryan Walker Nov 16, 2009

Al Gore hasn’t been resting on his laurels since An Inconvenient Truth. His substantial new book Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis has grown out of the more than 30 lengthy and intensive “Solution Summits” he has organised to enable leading experts from round the world to share their knowledge and experience in [...] … Read More

Rage against the machine

Gareth Renowden Nov 15, 2009

Before I begin the onerous task of catching up with the posts left undone by a fortnight of tourism and hospitality (old friends, in NZ), I’d like to draw your attention to a most interesting piece by Naomi (No Logo) Klein in the current Rolling Stone. Titled Climate Rage, it’s a thorough examination of the [...] … Read More

As you sow… (aka the ’bugger’ moment)

Gareth Renowden Nov 13, 2009

And so it begins: the rest of the world is starting to notice the major disconnect between New Zealand’s much advertised “clean and green” image and the National-led government’s piecemeal demolition of sensible climate policy. In yesterday’s Guardian, one of Britain’s leading quality newspapers, Fred Pearce devotes his “greenwash” column to New Zealand: …my prize for [...] … Read More

10:10 on its way to NZ

Gareth Renowden Nov 10, 2009

The 10:10 emissions reduction campaign launched in the UK earlier this year is likely to arrive in New Zealand soon — perhaps before the end of the year. Speaking on Chris Laidlaw’s RNZ Sunday Morning show [mp3], organiser Daniel Vockins confirmed that discussions were underway with interested parties(*) in NZ, and promised that if 1,000 [...] … Read More


Bryan Walker Nov 08, 2009

“The future of our planet can be found now, on the frontiers of climate change.”     That’s how freelance journalist Stephan Faris frames his new book Forecast: The Surprising – and Immediate – Consequences of Climate Change. He visits and talks with people in regions already experiencing some of the early effects of a changing climate [...] … Read More

Bolivia: the necessity of adaptation

Bryan Walker Nov 06, 2009

Oxfam’s messages on the battering effects of climate change on poorer countries continue with the publication this week of their report Bolivia: Climate Change, Poverty and Adaptation.  Poverty and injustice in many countries of the world is what Oxfam works on, and this focus has inevitably led to concern about what climate change is adding to [...] … Read More

Africa says do what science requires

Bryan Walker Nov 05, 2009

The desperation that poorer countries are feeling over climate change was dramatically displayed at Barcelona this week when the African bloc walked out of the official negotiations towards a Copenhagen agreement.  Their complaint, reports the Guardian, was that the rich nations’ carbon cuts were far too small to avoid catastrophic climate change. The demand is that [...] … Read More

Muddled economics ignore reality

Bryan Walker Nov 04, 2009

“The analysis of the NZIER in their latest report is muddled and superficial”  Exactly. I was relieved to see this response from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Jan Wright, to the report the NZ Institute for Economic Research has just published on sustainable development priorities. The report’s findings on climate change are a challenge [...] … Read More