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Virus could trigger record fall in carbon emissions

Monday - Carbon dioxide emissions could fall by the largest amount since World War Two this year as the coronavirus outbreak brings economies to a virtual standstill, according to scientists.

Pandemic clears the air

31 Mar 20 - The covid-19 pandemic shutdown is improving New Zealand’s air quality.

Deadline nears for emissions return extensions

27 Mar 20 - Businesses struggling to complete a 2019 emissions return because of the state of emergency in New Zealand must apply for an extension before Tuesday.

Treasury cuts carbon footprint

11 Mar 20 - Treasury says it is putting its best foot forward in a bid to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions.

Past failures put pressure on emissions deadlines

5 Mar 20 - Global failure to address climate change a decade ago means emissions must now drop at 7 per cent a year to meet the Paris Agreement, prompting scientists to call for the world to switch into crisis mode.

Air NZ emissions climbing, says global report

18 Feb 20 - Air New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are rising faster than its emissions-reduction schemes are coping with, a new paper shows.

ETS deal cuts oil refinery gas emissions

17 Feb 20 - Greenhouse gas emissions from the Marsden Point oil refinery have fallen 20 per cent as a result of a deal exempting the refinery from the Emissions Trading Scheme, the company says.

Emissions ‘business as usual’ story is misleading

4 Feb 20 - Stop using the worst-case scenario for climate warming as the most likely outcome — more-realistic baselines make for better policy.

NICK SMITH: How National's ETS did the job

Nick Smith

31 Jan 20 - National MP and former climate minister Nick Smith says his Emissions Trading Scheme has seen New Zealand out-perform Australia on emissions reduction.

Down the track, our emissions rate will fall

19 Dec 19 - New Zealand’s projected greenhouse gas emissions are falling.

Flying less plays a small but positive part in climate fight

30 Oct 19 - As the notion of flight shame is taking off around the world, emissions from aviation are making a small but growing contribution to global warming.

FACT CHECK: Is that right, Paula?

Paula Bennett

29 Oct 19 - National Party deputy leader and former climate minister Paula Bennett says when it was in power, her party stabilised greenhouse gas emissions, while under this Government they will keep rising...

Govt signs global agreement to cut HFCs

4 Oct 19 - New Zealand has today ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, promising to reduce the use of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons.

Reaching net-zero might not be all it's cracked up to be

5 Sep 19 - Reaching net zero emissions is easy for us to aim for but much more difficult to deliver – and worse, we might be focusing on the wrong objective.

At last, say students, Auckland toes the line

2 Sep 19 - Auckland University students have won their five-year campaign to get the institution to stop investing in fossil fuels.

Cash for credits could cause taxpayer headache

12 Aug 19 - Money instead of carbon credits was used to offset half the greenhouse gas emissions liable under the Emissions Trading Scheme last year - creating a potential financial liability for taxpayers.

We're worried and pessimistic about climate future

25 Jul 19 - New Zealanders are getting more worried about climate change, and most don’t think we’ll be able to cut our emissions in time to avoid its impacts.

Funds managers urge cement makers to act

25 Jul 19 - European funds managing $2 trillion in assets have called on cement companies to slash their greenhouse gas emissions, warning that a failure to do so could put their business models at risk.

Major polluter plans to cut emissions

23 Jul 19 - A New Zealand company whose products are responsible for more than a million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year says it is setting emissions reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement.

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