Tagged: Climate business

Carbon News 10/11/14: Mighty River to push EVs - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 10, 2014

How Mighty River is switching on to the new economy Generator Mighty River Power is claiming a stake in the new economy, pushing for New Zealand’s car fleet to go electric and indicating that it will move into the water business. The company is expected to shortly announce joint ventures with companies operating large vehicle […] … Read More

Carbon News 3/11/14: NZ fails as UN wails - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 04, 2014

Our emissions plan hopeless, says renowned academic New Zealand has no chance of meeting its 2020 emissions reduction target under current policies, says a leading scientist involved in the latest IPCC report. Professor Ralph Sims, of Massey University, is recognised around the world for his expertise on climate change and renewable energy, but is never […] … Read More

IPCC AR5 completed: science has spoken – cut deep, cut soon - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 03, 2014

The IPCC’s Fifth Report process reached its climax in Copenhagen yesterday with the release of the final “synthesis” report (download here), which pulls together all the strands from the three working group reports on the physical science (Working Group 1), climate impacts (WG2) and how to go about dealing with the problem (WG3). Launching the […] … Read More

Carbon News 28/10/14: oil drilling, honey and crowd-funding green coke - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 29, 2014

Hunt for oil anchors govt’s environment plan The National Party is leading off its environmental package for its new term in power with plans to encourage more oil exploration — despite the burning of fossil fuels being the single biggest cause of climate change. Honey hits the jackpot for steep-land believer In 2010, Taranaki farmer […] … Read More

Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Oct 23, 2014

It is depressingly apparent that powerful forces in the global economy are set to carry on with the exploration for and use of fossil fuels as a primary source of energy for decades to come. Oxfam has produced a report identifying the confluence of fossil fuel companies, governments and investors which givers momentum to the […] … Read More

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

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

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

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

Carbon News 13/10/14: foresters in firing line - Hot Topic

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 - Hot Topic

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

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

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