Tagged: Climate Science

Carbon trading and fraudulent credits: New Zealand’s dangerous game - Guest Work

Peter Griffin Apr 18, 2016

by Dr George Preddey [Ed: The Morgan Foundation today released a report examining New Zealand’s use of “fraudulent” carbon credits purchased from the Ukraine. This piece from physicist Dr George Preddey pre-dates the release of the Morgan Foundation report but covers the same ground and comes to the same conclusions…] It is self-evident to this physicist that applying a … Read More

Chasing ice: how ice cores shape our understanding of ancient climate - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 08, 2016

Tas van Ommen It is just over 50 years since French scientist Claude Lorius dropped some glacier ice in his whisky and started a quest that continues today. Lorius was studying glaciers in Antarctica and wondered if the air bubbling out of some ice he had drilled that day might carry information from the past. The answer to that … Read More

How to get communities in east Africa to trust climate science - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 10, 2016

Jennifer Leavy, University of East Anglia There’s no delaying it any longer – if people are to successfully adapt to the realities of climate change, they need reliable climate information. This will help them to make informed decisions so that individuals, households and entire communities are better prepared for the world’s changing climate. This need highlights the importance … Read More

Postcards from La La Land: the Cnut conundrum - Hot Topic

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 - Hot Topic

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 - Hot Topic

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 - Hot Topic

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 - Hot Topic

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

Federated Farmers: sticking their heads in the soil? - Hot Topic

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