Tagged: coal

Poland or Coaland? Climate talks about to begin in Warsaw - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Nov 10, 2013

Another year, another round of climate talks.  It’s the 19th Conference of Parties to the UN Climate Convention and we’re back in Poland, the scene of an almost complete non-event in 2008, the year before Copenhagen. It’s Eastern Europe’s turn to host another meeting, and nobody else was prepared to put their hand up, so […] … Read More

Greening China? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 24, 2013

After posting yesterday’s energy forecasting blog two pertinent articles on China popped up in my e-mail. The first noted that China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection appears to be taking a tougher line against some of the country’s biggest oil companies. Two have been banned from building new refineries and expanding existing ones because they have failed to meet … Read More

Morality, government and fossil fools (Bryan’s back!) - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 24, 2013

I signed off regular writing for Hot Topic some months ago. But failing eyesight doesn’t mean failing concern, and my anger at the way our government heedlessly pursues the expansion of fossil fuel exploration led me recently to reflect I could still see sufficiently to write letters to editors. Publication of a letter by the […] … Read More

The Climate Show #33: Salinger, carbon carnage and recursive fury - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Feb 08, 2013

In this week’s news-packed edition of The Climate Show we have an exclusive interview with Jim Salinger, probably New Zealand’s highest profile climate scientist, talking about extremes and the shape of things to come. John Cook discusses his new paper with Stephan Lewandowsky, Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on [...] … Read More

The Gore synthesis: where we are now, where we are heading, and what we need to do - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 22, 2013

This is the five minute condensed version of the talk I gave in Gore at the Coal Action Network Aotearoa Summerfest (a somewhat optimistic title, given the chilly and wet weather last weekend). It’s too late to avoid damaging climate change, because it’s already happening. Weather extremes — floods, droughts, heatwaves, wildfires, and storms — [...] … Read More

Turn down the heat: even bankers know a bad thing when they see it (sometimes) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 21, 2012

Here’s Jim Yong Kim, head honcho at the World Bank, writing in the Guardian to mark the launch of a new report on climate change commissioned by the bank: The question about climate change is no longer whether it is real. The question is what the world is going to look like for our children [...] … Read More

How fast shall we drive over the cliff? NZ’s ETS watered down (again) - Hot Topic

Mr February Sep 04, 2012

Simon Johnson looks at the Government’s amendments to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and concludes we are arguing about what gear to drive in as we speed towards the cliff. The Government has kindly given us the opportunity to make a submission about how fast fast we should go over the emissions cliff. Time [...] … Read More

Moon-walking with due legal process to a very hot place – Neil Armstrong, coal mining & global warming - Hot Topic

Mr February Aug 30, 2012

On the same day as the death of Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut to step onto the Moon, became public, the NZ High Court moonwalked its way to an off-the-world moment. It decided that greenhouse gas emissions and global warming are off-limits in the planning for an open cast coal mine. That’s as just as [...] … Read More

Nick Smith: another fossil fuel fail - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Aug 15, 2012

MP Nick Smith in a NZ Herald opinion piece this week uses the fracking debate to advance the cause of fossil fuel mining. He claims that fracking is important in the development of geothermal energy and then moves seamlessly to the notion that we are desperately in need of unconventional natural gas in order to [...] … Read More

Big coal coughs up for climate denial ’conference’, takes NZ sceptics along for the ride - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 16, 2012

As US corporate donors step away from the Heartland Institute following their ad campaign likening climate change believers to mass murderers and terrorists, big coal — in the shape of the Illinois Coal Association, supported by all the major US coal companies — has stepped in as a “Gold Sponsor” to support Heartland’s climate “conference” [...] … Read More