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Carbon News 15/12/14: smoke and mirrors

Gareth Renowden Dec 16, 2014

English goes silent on carbon deficit costs The Government is refusing to discuss what impact a 2030 carbon deficit will have on the economy – despite warnings from Treasury. Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed to Carbon News that Treasury is predicting carbon prices of between $10 and $165 a tonne between 2021 and 2030, […] … Read More

Vaguely liveblog from Lima

Cindy Baxter Dec 14, 2014

1.23 am I blogged earlier in (my) day about where we were at. Since then, things have moved on.  1.20 a.m. and plenary’s about to start. There’s a new text out and one of the good things is that there’s much stronger stuff in there about how to measure the actions governments submit to the […] … Read More

Is earth’s temperature about to soar? (No pause, no hiatus, only warming)

Gareth Renowden Dec 10, 2014

This is a guest post by the statistician who blogs as Tamino, cross-posted from his Open Mind blog with his permission. It’s important reading… A recent blog post on RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf shows that when it comes to recent claims of a “pause” or “hiatus,” or even a slowdown in global surface temperature, there […] … Read More

Carbon News 8/12/14: NZ’s multi-billion carbon blowout

Gareth Renowden Dec 09, 2014

We’re facing a $3b carbon crisis … and it could be worse New Zealand has a $3 billion carbon headache looming – and Treasury says that’s the conservative estimate. Carbon emissions in the period 2021 to 2030 could cost the country as much as $52 billion. Official briefings to the incoming Government acknowledge that the […] … Read More

NZ: pushing the world to go beyond 2 degrees

Cindy Baxter Dec 05, 2014

New Zealand is coming under increasing scrutiny in Lima, not least because it’s our turn to be reviewed by the UNFCCC process. Early next week our representatives will have to defend our position and our lack of action to 190 governments in our first “multilateral assessment.” Already, there have been some tough questions, coming especially […] … Read More

Solid Treadgold, easy action (NZ still warming fast)

Gareth Renowden Dec 03, 2014

It’s time to return to the delusions harboured by New Zealand’s little coterie of climate cranks about the NZ temperature record. Readers may recall that — somehow — the men who lost a court case against NIWA and then folded the charitable trust they’d used to bring the case in order to avoid paying costs, […] … Read More

The bear necessities of climate agreement in Lima

Cindy Baxter Dec 01, 2014

The population in the seaside capital of Peru, Lima, has grown exponentially in the last few days ahead of the latest round of UN climate talks, with  11,000 official delegates, 40,000 police, and thousands more who’ll attend the Peoples Climate Summit, all descending on the city. “The streets are filling up with gringos,” a horrified friend […] … Read More