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Coal, climate change, and the NZ economy: Winners, losers, and long-term users

Cindy Baxter Aug 19, 2015

Cross-posted from Coal Action Network Aotearoa As the country reeled with the news last week that Solid Energy had gone into administration with a $300m debt, another event was happening in the Pacific that puts the debate in a context that it too seldom receives in New Zealand. On Thursday, Kiribati Prime Minister Anote Tong … Read More

Postcards from La La Land: the Cnut conundrum

Gareth Renowden Aug 12, 2015

New Zealand’s merry little band of climate deniers are turning out to be a right bunch of Cnuts. Sea level rise and its implications for Christchurch and the wider world have been making news in recent weeks — as have new projections of rapid sea level rise over the remainder of this century. So what […] … Read More

Climate Action Tracker analysis: NZ emissions targets inadequate, not doing our fair share

Gareth Renowden Jul 13, 2015

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser’s claim that New Zealand is doing its “fair share” of climate action has been blown out of the water by an international analysis [Full policy brief here (pdf)]. Once one removes what the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) calls the “creative accounting” of rules around land use and forestry, New Zealand’s […] … Read More

Renwick on NZ’s 11% cut: follow us down the path to catastrophe

Gareth Renowden Jul 09, 2015

This guest post is by Carbon News editor Adelia Hallett, published with permission. New Zealand will face droughts, floods, fires, social upheaval and catastrophic global economic damage if the world follows the country’s lead on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, says one of our leading climate experts. Dr James Renwick – Professor of Physical Geography at […] … Read More

NZ emissions target announced: unambitious, ineffective and morally repugnant

Gareth Renowden Jul 07, 2015

Climate change minister Tim Groser today released New Zealand’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (pdf) to emissions reductions after 2020 — a 30% decrease on gross emissions in 2005, equivalent to an 11% reduction on 1990 levels. Groser’s press release described this as a “more ambitious climate change target” and “a significant increase on our current […] … Read More

NZ’s Paris emissions commitments should be 40% by 2030 and 100% (or more) by 2050

Gareth Renowden Jun 08, 2015

Submissions for the New Zealand government’s half-hearted consultation on post-2020 emissions targets closed last Wednesday. I managed to sneak my contribution in just before the 5pm deadline. It remains to be seen whether it will be read. I heartily recommend reading the Royal Society’s submission – a very clear statement of the issues and NZ’s […] … Read More

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