Tagged: nz

NZ ETS passes the Kyoto bill to our children - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 13, 2010

This guest post is by Simon Terry, Executive Director of the Sustainability Council and co author with Geoff Bertram of “The Carbon Challenge: New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme” (published by Bridget Williams Books). New Zealand’s failure to reduce emissions to its Kyoto Protocol target means the taxpayer still faces a $1.1 to $5.7 billion net [...] … Read More

Something for the weekend - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 02, 2010

Lazy blogging. Just links to a few things I think you might find interesting to read (and a performance to enjoy) while I get some work done. First up: Swiss Re, the giant reinsurance company, has published a handy new report called Climate sceptic arguments and their scientific background (pdf), written by Swiss scientist Urs [...] … Read More

We call upon the author… - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 29, 2010

I must have been asleep last week when the IPCC announced its selection of authors for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), due in 2013/14. As usual, NZ scientists are making a significant contribution: Tim Naish is a lead author for Working Group 1 (The Physical Science Basis) chapter 5, Information from Paleoclimate Archives. Jim Renwick [...] … Read More

What’s the world got in store (first reprise) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 02, 2010

A book based on the proceedings (or a good chunk of them) of last year’s Managing the unavoidable conference on climate change adaptation in New Zealand are now available online as Climate Change Adaptation in New Zealand: Future scenarios and some sectoral perspectives from the NZ Climate Change Centre. Not the snappiest of titles, but [...] … Read More

Scientific collaboration within Australasian cities - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Apr 26, 2010

Does scientific collaboration depend on city size?  And if it does, are smaller cities with fewer institutions and fewer scientists more collaborative?  Or do bigger cities with more specialisation and more opportunities for interaction support more collaboration? To get at this question, I looked at scientific papers published in 2009 listed in the Thompson … Read More

This perfect storm of calamities… - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 19, 2010

This guest post is by David Round, lecturer in environmental law at the University of Canterbury. It first appeared in the Christchurch Press on March 18. It was once a truth universally acknowledged that good times never last. But we now seem to consider ourselves immune from the laws of nature and history. Times have [...] … Read More

New Aussie state of the climate snapshot: NZ needs one too - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 17, 2010

Australia’s CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology have released a State of the Climate report [PDF], a succinct six page effort designed to provide the Aussie public with an overview of how their climate has been changing, and how it is expected to change in the future. Headlines (from the media release): Highly variable rainfall across the [...] … Read More