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POLITICS: We're on a climate knife-edge

Friday - By ADELIA HALLETT | Is the covid-19 pandemic going to be a repeat of the Global Financial Crisis in terms of climate change? It could go either way.

EDS (and more) welcomes moves on emissions

Friday - Moves to make local councils consider greenhouse gas emissions in resource consents would have thrilled climate activist and former Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons, says Environmental Defence Society chief executive Gary Taylor.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Friday - Ten years ago, scientist James Lovelock – originator of the Gaia hypothesis that says the Earth is a self-regulating organism – said he feared humans were too stupid to save the world and themselves from climate change.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Friday - International climate negotiations – including the COP26 talks in Glasgow – have been postponed because of the covid-19 pandemic.

Lift RMA emissions ban, says select committee

Thursday - A 2004 ban on considering greenhouse gas emissions in resource consents should be overturned, the Environment Select Committee has told Parliament.

Government aims to put planning on fast-track

David Parker

Thursday - The Government is looking at ways to fast-track through the planning process projects under its covid-19 recovery package.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Thursday - … John Key’s National Government was under pressure from business to delay bringing industrial emitters into the ETS.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Thursday - The Environmental Defence Society has cancelled its August summit but hopes to go ahead with the annual Climate Change and Business Conference in October.

Carbon News still coming your way

Thursday - New Zealand is under a state of emergency, with all non-essential movement and contact banned.

We'll favour job-producing projects, says Jones

Shane Jones

Wednesday - The Government will back low-carbon projects in its post-covid-19 infrastructure spend-up – but only if they create jobs, says infrastructure minister Shane Jones.

Wind turbines might fit the bill for new projects

Mark Binns

Wednesday - New wind turbines are among the projects the Government’s Infrastructure Industry Reference Group is looking for to help to boost employment in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Wednesday - Ten years ago, New Zealanders were saying that despite being in the midst of an economic recession caused by the Global Financial Crisis, they didn’t want to sacrifice the environment for development.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Wednesday - Infrastructure minister Shane Jones says he wants to hear directly from people with ideas for “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects.

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Wednesday - New Zealand is under a state of emergency, with all non-essential movement and contact banned.

ETS reform still a top job, says minister

James Shaw

Tuesday - Reforming the Emissions Trading Scheme remains a priority for the Government, despite disruption caused by the covid-19 pandemic, says climate minister James Shaw.

Pandemic clears the air

Tuesday - The covid-19 pandemic shutdown is improving New Zealand’s air quality.

Carbon News still coming your way

Tuesday - New Zealand is under a state of emergency, with all non-essential movement and contact banned.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Tuesday - Ten years ago, the UK was setting up a £2 billion green-investment bank to fund low-energy transport and energy developments.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Tuesday - Emissions returns for 2019 are due today.


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