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Border tax could cut emissions, says NZ economist

Friday - The US, China and the European Union should bring in border taxes on carbon emissions contained in imported products not already taxed in their countries of origin, according to a former New Zealand cabinet minister.

Millions worth of free credits sit in private accounts

20 Oct 16 - Non-forestry carbon credits worth more than $350 million – many of them given by taxpayers to large industrial emitters – are sitting in private carbon accounts.

Farm emissions report gets nods of approval

20 Oct 16 - Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright’s report on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions is being well received.

WATCHDOG WISHLIST: How we can ease farm emissions

Dr Jan Wright

19 Oct 16 - Vast increases in native and exotic forests, bringing nitrogen fertiliser and some large farms into the Emissions Trading Scheme, and fast-tracking development of a methane vaccine.

Watchdog's farm emissions report out later today

Dr Jan Wright

19 Oct 16 - Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright’s long-awaited report on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions will be released today.

Paris promises could cost country $70 billion

Kay Harrison

18 Oct 16 - MEETING New Zealand’s Paris pledge could cost more than $70 billion and see carbon hit $300 a tonne if the country doesn’t have access to international carbon markets.

Do we need an independent climate body?

14 Oct 16 - Should New Zealand follow the UK model of an independent, statutory climate committee?

We were talking about climate change and coal over a century ago

14 Oct 16 - New Zealanders were warned about the climate-changing impacts of burning coal at least 104 years ago. This item was published on page 7 in the Rodney and Otamatea Times, Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette...

Pressure builds for action to curb agricultural emissions

13 Oct 16 - Momentum is building over the prospect of New Zealand splitting agricultural gases out of the Emissions Trading Scheme - including a separate tax on the use of fertiliser.

Minister hints at setting minimum carbon price

12 Oct 16 - New Zealand could impose a minimum price on carbon.

Bennett in no rush to surrender extra credits

Paula Bennett

11 Oct 16 - The Government will not surrender extra carbon credits to cover the environmentally worthless credits New Zealand used to meet its first emissions reduction target – at least not yet.

Govt knew use of hot-air credits would draw fire

10 Oct 16 - The Government was warned last year that New Zealand could face criticism for using hot-air credits to meet its 2020 emissions reduction target, documents show.

PM's adviser has swing at climate policymakers

Sir Peter Gluckman

4 Oct 16 - The Prime Minister’s science adviser has taken a swipe at policymakers’ reluctance to take action in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence on issues like climate change and obesity.

Rising emissions mean NZ will miss Paris targets

29 Sep 16 - 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...

Failing RMA needs better tools, says environment report

29 Sep 16 - 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

28 Sep 16 - 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

27 Sep 16 - Voluntary carbon credits can help to meet New Zealand’s Paris Agreement target, Parliament has been told.

US students pressure Auckland to divest

26 Sep 16 - Auckland University is now under pressure from students at US university Yale to get out of fossil-fuel investments.

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.

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