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Nation still dining out on fossil fuels, report shows

Friday - New Zealanders continue to guzzle fossil fuels, with 76 per cent of the country’s energy last year coming from oil, gas and coal, Government figures show.

Rising emissions mean NZ will miss Paris targets

Thursday - New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are set to double between 1990 and 2030 – and even with a carbon price of $50 a tonne, we could still be short of our Paris Agreement pledge by 143 million tonnes.

Failing RMA needs better tools, says environment report

Thursday - Greater use of market instruments could be good for the environment, says a new report on the Resource Management Act.

Govt learns we can't cut emissions and sell more milk

Wednesday - The Government knows its economic strategy of increasing agricultural exports cannot go on if New Zealand is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a confidential paper shows.

Voluntary actions have role, says carbon certifier

Dr Ann Smith

Tuesday - Voluntary carbon credits can help to meet New Zealand’s Paris Agreement target, Parliament has been told.

Why NZ doesn't need foreign carbon credits

Monday - New Zealand could meet its Paris Agreement pledge without using foreign carbon credits and develop a $6 billion industry at the same time, says the Bioenergy Association.

US students pressure Auckland to divest

Monday - Auckland University is now under pressure from students at US university Yale to get out of fossil-fuel investments.

PARIS PACT: Morganists say NZ must sell units

23 Sep 16 - The Government must cancel all surplus carbon units it’s sitting on in 2020 as part of ratifying the Paris Agreement, says the group that wrote the Climate Cheats report.

PARIS PACT: Farmers play it short and sweet

23 Sep 16 - Federated Farmers has surprisingly little to say about the Paris Agreement – and that’s possibly a good sign for the climate.

PARIS PACT: Gen Zero does the job for MPs

23 Sep 16 - A group of twenty-somethings has fronted up to hardened politicians and told them not to worry, they’re drafting a Zero Carbon Act for them.

Why we might have trouble phasing out HFCs

Airconditioners in action

23 Sep 16 - New Zealand is among more than 100 countries calling for an early phase-out of use of the potent greenhouse gas hydroflourocarbon – which could be a challenge, because this country’s use of it...

Countries rush to ratify Paris Agreement

22 Sep 16 - A host of countries has ratified the Paris Agreement overnight, pushing the climate change treaty past one of the thresholds that need to be met to bring it into force.

NZ mulls over stand on aviation emissions

22 Sep 16 - New Zealand is considering its position on international plans to reduce the aviation industry’s impact on the climate.

No way, Nick, you can't claim credit for the ETS

Nick Smith

22 Sep 16 - The Government is doing it again – claiming to have introduced the Emissions Trading Scheme when it actually voted against it.

Study sees carbon price reaching $60 by 2030

21 Sep 16 - Carbon could be $60 a tonne by 2030, boosting renewables and fuelling a drive toward energy efficiency, a new report shows.

Ukraine ratifies Paris Agreement

21 Sep 16 - Ukraine – the source of many of the low-value carbon credits that have so embarrassed the New Zealand Government – is the latest country to ratify the Paris Agreement.

We need a million electric vehicles, says report

20 Sep 16 - New Zealand needs 1.2 million light electric vehicles on the road by 2030 to meet its Paris Agreement emissions reduction target, a report shows.

Minister admits Government can't afford e-cars

Simon Bridges

20 Sep 16 - Government departments are so cash-strapped they can’t afford to buy electric vehicles, the transport minister says.

DUNNE DEAL | United Future offers cash for e-cars

Peter Dunne

19 Sep 16 - One of the Government’s support parties is promising to do what Treasury advised and what the Government has refused to do – offer cash to anyone buying electric vehicles.

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