Tagged: John Key

New Zealand’s National Science Challenges announced - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 01, 2013

NZ’s National Science Challenges announced alongside a massive funding boost In the beautiful blue Ocean gallery at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Prime Minister John Key, the Honourable Minister for Science and Innovation Steven Joyce and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman, today announced the 10 National Science Challenges. The PEAK panel*, chaired … Read More

Symptoms too serious to ignore: a call to face up to NZ’s critical risks - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Feb 25, 2013

A loose affiliation of New Zealand’s great and good will launch an appeal to parliament next week, asking for a dispassionate and non-partisan risk assessment of the “unprecedented threats to our collective security” facing the country as a result of climate change, fossil fuel extraction and economic uncertainty. The Wise Response group features poets, writers, [...] … Read More

Monday Micro – the sore throat vaccine - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 11, 2013

It was great to hear the announcement a couple of days ago by the Prime Minister’s of New Zealand and Australia, John Key & Julia Gillard, of $3 million of joint funding to support the testing of three potential vaccine candidates for Rheumatic Fever. Rheumatic Fever is a complication of infection with the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes, … Read More

Don’t worry Kyoto (National’s Only Looking Out For Its Friends) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 12, 2012

The New Zealand government has announced that the country will not join the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (CP2), but will instead make voluntary commitments within the Kyoto framework [Herald, NBR]. Climate change minister Tim Groser presented this move as: …aligning [NZ's] climate change efforts with developed and developing countries which collectively are [...] … Read More

John Key’s fossilised vision for NZ - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 07, 2012

One wearies of lamenting the government’s inability to view proposed paths of economic development from the perspective of climate change. But as they continue to trumpet economic solutions which are inimical to facing the challenge of global warming there is little option but to keep reiterating that they need to take a longer term view. [...] … Read More

Prime Minister as prime innovator — get going on #13 - Stick

Peter Kerr Dec 01, 2011

We probably shouldn’t be surprised that amongst all the next to ‘do’s’ from the incoming National-led government, the one with the greatest potential to be a game changer, has been ignored by most of the media. Issues of teapots are … Continue reading → … Read More

Human stupidity and the NZ election (Heigh ho! Heigh ho!) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 23, 2011

I’ve been writing about climate science and policy for the last five years, and taking an interest in the subject for far longer, but I’ve seldom read more depressing news than Fiona Harvey’s Guardian article last week — Rich nations ‘give up’ on new climate treaty until 2020. According to Harvey, expectations for the UN [...] … Read More

Agriculture: National’s double whammy on the environment - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Nov 15, 2011

Here’s the first in a series of NZ election special articles from Hot Topic’s contributors. More pithy comment to follow… Last week I was open-mouthed when I heard the National Party release its environment and climate policy pretty much in the same breath as  releasing the agriculture policy (same province, same day). I can’t figure [...] … Read More

Three years of ’very serious’ climate policy failure - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 09, 2011

A damning review of the climate policy of the current government by three leading academics finds that it has made “little substantive progress” on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, that work on adapting to climate change impacts has been “even more deficient”, and that current policies are likely to be “economically wasteful”. End-of-term review of the [...] … Read More