Tagged: emissions

Don’t believe the backlash – the benefits of NZ investing more in cycling will far outweigh the costs - The Changing Climate

Guest Author May 26, 2022

Simon Kingham, University of Canterbury   The Dutch have long been recognised as leaders in cycling. Denmark is not far behind, with more bikes than cars in its capital Copenhagen. This is the result of many years of investment. Even the UK, with less of a cycling tradition, is investing and showing growth in cycling. New Zealand is starting … Read More

New Zealand must get over its obsession with big cars and go smaller or electric to cut emissions - The Changing Climate

Guest Author May 26, 2022

Jen Purdie, University of Otago If your next car is not electric, then it must be much smaller than your last one. Scientists have warned that the world needs to halve emissions every decade to keep global warming less than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. The government of Aotearoa New Zealand aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to … Read More

Courts around the world have made strong climate rulings – not so in New Zealand - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Dec 16, 2021

Nathan Cooper, University of Waikato New Zealand made two important climate commitments at the COP26 summit last month — to halve emissions by 2030 and to join the global methane pledge to cut methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030. But what happens if these pledges are inadequate for the climate emergency we face? And how can … Read More

More than 147km – the transformative potential of the Wellington bike network plan - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 24, 2021

Feature image by Luke Pilkinton-Ching, University of Otago Wellington   Caroline Shaw, Anja Mizdrak, Ryan Gage* Wellington City Council is currently consulting on a cycle network for Wellington. This is a big deal. WCC are proposing a 147km cycle network around the city, the vast majority of which is new. This will mean most suburbs in the city have … Read More

New Zealand’s Emission Reduction Plan - Planetary Ecology

Guest Author Nov 23, 2021

By Paul Callister and Robert McLachlan Fifty years ago, on 26 November 1971, the film “Notes on a New Zealand City: Wellington”, directed by Paul Maunder, premiered on Wellington TV. The narrator asks if Wellington’s future will involve suburban sprawl, traffic, motorways, suburban shopping malls, and the decentralization of employment; or an alternative vision of medium-density … Read More

Electric cars alone won’t save the planet. We’ll need to design cities so people can walk and cycle safely - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Nov 19, 2021

Timothy Welch, University of Auckland   At the COP26 climate summit, world politicians patted themselves on their backs for coming to a last-minute agreement. Humanity now waits with bated breath to see if countries implement the commitments they made, and if those commitments help the planet. If the rest of our climate progress mirrors the policies around transportation, we’re … Read More

Why emissions pricing cannot do it alone - Planetary Ecology

Robert McLachlan Nov 16, 2021

By David Hall and Robert McLachlan There is strong agreement among economists that emissions pricing should play a central role in climate change policy. New Zealand has had a price on some carbon emissions through its Emissions Trading Scheme since 2010, although (COVID excepting) emissions have not yet fallen. Recently the scheme has been strengthened through higher prices, now … Read More

Electrifying transport: why New Zealand can’t rely on battery-powered cars alone - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Nov 03, 2021

Soheil Mohseni, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington; Alan Brent, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington, and James Hinkley, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington   The transport sector accounts for 47% of New Zealand’s carbon dioxide emissions. It will be a focus for decarbonisation to meet the country’s new climate pledge to … Read More