Tagged: open thread

Carbon News 15/12/14: smoke and mirrors - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 16, 2014

English goes silent on carbon deficit costs The Government is refusing to discuss what impact a 2030 carbon deficit will have on the economy – despite warnings from Treasury. Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed to Carbon News that Treasury is predicting carbon prices of between $10 and $165 a tonne between 2021 and 2030, […] … Read More

Carbon News 8/12/14: NZ’s multi-billion carbon blowout - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 09, 2014

We’re facing a $3b carbon crisis … and it could be worse New Zealand has a $3 billion carbon headache looming – and Treasury says that’s the conservative estimate. Carbon emissions in the period 2021 to 2030 could cost the country as much as $52 billion. Official briefings to the incoming Government acknowledge that the […] … Read More

Carbon News 1/12/14: Future of work in NZ in clean tech, says Labour - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 01, 2014

Labour vows to watch work and the new economy The Labour Party’s Future of Work Commission will include analysis of the impacts on work of climate change and the low-carbon economy. The commission was announced by Labour leader Andrew Little at a business briefing in Auckland this morning. It will be led by finance spokesman […] … Read More

Carbon News 17/11/14: G20 climate action - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 17, 2014

Minister knows of water woes, but public information tap is turned off Finance Minister Bill English has been told something about fresh water — but the public isn’t allowed to know what it is. Last month, Ministry for the Environment officials were forced to admit they were wrong to say that the quality of our […] … Read More

Carbon News 3/11/14: NZ fails as UN wails - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 04, 2014

Our emissions plan hopeless, says renowned academic New Zealand has no chance of meeting its 2020 emissions reduction target under current policies, says a leading scientist involved in the latest IPCC report. Professor Ralph Sims, of Massey University, is recognised around the world for his expertise on climate change and renewable energy, but is never […] … Read More

Carbon News 28/10/14: oil drilling, honey and crowd-funding green coke - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 29, 2014

Hunt for oil anchors govt’s environment plan The National Party is leading off its environmental package for its new term in power with plans to encourage more oil exploration — despite the burning of fossil fuels being the single biggest cause of climate change. Honey hits the jackpot for steep-land believer In 2010, Taranaki farmer […] … Read More

Carbon News 20/10/14: Chile’s carbon tax, soil SOS and more pressure on dirty investments - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 20, 2014

Chile’s new tax could open carbon doors for NZ Chile’s new carbon tax potentially offers New Zealand an opportunity to offset some of its own agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, says economist Dr Suzi Kerr. The $US5-a-tonne carbon tax slipped into Chilean law last month as part of a package of tax reforms. Soils SOS as […] … Read More

Carbon News 13/10/14: foresters in firing line - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 14, 2014

Anxious foresters await review of foreign credits ban A controversial decision to make foresters the only emitters banned from using cheap foreign carbon credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions is under review. The provision was slipped through without warning as part of the Government’s Budget in May, and came into effect immediately. Business poser: […] … Read More

Carbon News 29/9/14: Key challenged over climate impacts on Pacific islands - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 29, 2014

Memo John Key: look Pacific Island leaders in the eye The Government is being challenged to invite the leaders of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati to come and tell Parliament what they think of New Zealand’s climate change policies. Support to help Small Island Developing States move to renewable energy is one of five […] … Read More