Tagged: Nick Smith

NZ: pushing the world to go beyond 2 degrees - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Dec 05, 2014

New Zealand is coming under increasing scrutiny in Lima, not least because it’s our turn to be reviewed by the UNFCCC process. Early next week our representatives will have to defend our position and our lack of action to 190 governments in our first “multilateral assessment.” Already, there have been some tough questions, coming especially […] … Read More

China and US reach emissions deal, NZ govt warned its policies are failing - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 13, 2014

Today’s news that the US and China have agreed a long term policy to reduce carbon emissions is being hailed as a “game-changer” in international climate negotiations. China has agreed to cap its emissions in 2030 — the first time it has committed to anything more than a reduction in the carbon intensity of its […] … Read More

We Play Dirty at the Climate Talks Too: New Zealand’s Dirty Politics of Climate - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 01, 2014

This guest post is by David Tong, an Auckland based community lawyer working on his Master’s in Law on the UN climate talks. He chairs the P3 Foundation and co-chairs the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association, and last year tracked New Zealand’s climate negotiators as an Adopt a Negotiator Fellow. Nicky Hager’s Dirty […] … Read More

ACC and Alternative Medicine - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna May 24, 2014

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) is part of the healthcare system in New Zealand. To quote themselves on their purpose, they provide “comprehensive, no-fault personal injury cover for all New Zealand residents and visitors to New Zealand”. To put it simply, if you hurt yourself in an accident in New Zealand, ACC will likely pay […] … Read More

Tim Groser shuts the stable door after the Mickey Mouse carbon credits have bolted - Hot Topic

Mr February Nov 28, 2012

This week the Ministry for the Environment is consulting and seeking submissions on a proposal to ban some of the more ‘Mickey Mouse’ international carbon credits from the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. Apparently this is because Climate Change Minister Tim Groser “wants to maintain the integrity of the ETS” (New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme). […] … 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

NZ in Durban: delegation gone mad? Or just business as usual? - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Dec 05, 2011

It’s getting embarrassing here in Durban. I’ve had a veritable flood of people come up to me in recent days saying things like “what the hell is your government doing?” The NZ Government has been pretty bad in these negotiations over the last few years, but things appear to have taken a turn for the [...] … Read More

Welcome political forthrightness - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Dec 05, 2011

I felt a twinge of envy watching a recent BBC Hardtalk interview with Chris Huhne, Britain’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. The tone of his statements was much more forthright than anything we’re likely to hear from New Zealand government ministers. It was no more than we have a right to expect [...] … 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