Tagged: nz

Hot Air: the sorry tale of climate policy in New Zealand - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 23, 2014

This guest post is by Alister Barry, producer and co-director of the new documentary Hot Air, which will be premiered in Wellington next week. Hot Air is screening in the New Zealand International Film Festival around the country over the next month. Hot Air is a story of compromise, broken promises and corporate pressure, of […] … Read More

Record winter warmth in NZ: June 2014 breaks 140 year record - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 01, 2014

Hot off the press — or to be precise, Jim Salinger’s laptop: June 2014 was the warmest June in New Zealand since 1870, 2ºC above the 1971-2000 average, as measured by the long term “seven stations series” originally devised by Salinger and maintained by NIWA. On the larger 24 station series the month tied with […] … Read More

Climate Voter: new campaign to put climate on NZ election agenda - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 24, 2014

A non-partisan campaign to put action on climate change at the centre of the coming election campaign was launched at the weekend (NZ Herald, RNZ). Climate Voter, a joint initiative by Forest & Bird, Generation Zero, 350 Aoteoroa, Greenpeace, Oxfam and WWF, is using social media to drive the campaign, and will host a debate […] … Read More

In vino, climate veritas: Salinger on warming and the new world of wine - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 23, 2014

Wine grapes are a climatically sensitive crop grown across a fairly narrow geographic range. Growing season temperatures for high-quality wine production is generally limited to 13–21°C on the average. This currently encompasses the Old World appellation regions of France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the Balkans, and those developing New World regions in California, Chile, Argentina, […] … Read More

TDB Today: Generation Zero’s Clean Energy campaign - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 07, 2014

My post at The Daily Blog this week ignores all the political kerfuffle surrounding milk-stained cabinet ministers taking holidays from twitter, and focusses on a new report from non-partisan young climate activist group Generation Zero: A Challenge To Our Leaders – Why New Zealand needs a Clean Energy Plan. It’s an impressive piece of work, […] … Read More

IPCC WG2 impacts report released: fire, floods and rising seas in all our futures - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 31, 2014

After the usual run of late nights and argument, the IPCC has released the second part of its fifth report — the Working Group 2 report on climate impacts and risks management. Commenting on the report, VUW climate scientist Professor Tim Naish said “this latest report makes it quite clear that New Zealand is under-prepared […] … Read More

Salinger upsets cranks: Treadgold’s toys exit cot - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 27, 2014

Jim Salinger’s analysis of the climate crank campaign to cast doubt on New Zealand’s long term temperature record, published last week at The Conversation, has drawn an astonishing response1 from Richard Treadgold (left), the man who kicked off the whole sorry process over four years ago. In an intemperate and libellous comment at his web […] … Read More

Must watch: Keeping it pure documentary on NZ climate change - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 24, 2014

This weekend’s episode of the new Keeping It Pure documentary series on Prime TV looks at how we’re addressing climate change issues in NZ. It screens at 8-30pm on Sunday and looks like required viewing for anyone with even a passing interest in the subject. Last weekend’s programme is being repeated on Saturday evening at […] … Read More

It’s hot down here: 2013 was the New Zealand region’s 2nd warmest year - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 06, 2014

NZ temperature expert Jim Salinger has been crunching last year’s data, and this morning confirmed that 2013 was a hot year in the New Zealand region — the second warmest in the long term record, beaten only by 1998. Based on 22 land stations and the three offshore islands, the annual average temperature was 0.84ºC […] … Read More