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Officials eye impact of carbon exposure on investments

20 Dec 16 - Government officials are talking about the potential impact of carbon exposure on investments.

New ways are Labour's way, says Little

19 Dec 16 - Labour Party leader Andrew Little says he’s backing the low-carbon economy as the future for New Zealand.

Bennett stands alone in climate change portfolio

19 Dec 16 - The climate portfolio is now held by the deputy prime minister – the highest ranking it has ever had in New Zealand.

Earthquake delays emissions inventory

14 Dec 16 - Last month’s 7.8 earthquake will delay the publication of New Zealand’s next Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

Greens' bill calls for sustainability reporting

James Shaw

12 Dec 16 - A proposal to make the Government report on environmental and social progress alongside economic performance is to go before Parliament.

ZERO EMISSIONS: Study will show us how to do it

Paul Sammon

9 Dec 16 - An international economist is in New Zealand preparing a report on how the country can cut all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

NZX drags chain on sustainability standards

6 Dec 16 - Nearly two dozen more stock exchanges are bringing in sustainability reporting standards – but NZX is not one of them.

Climate watchdog welcomes Treasury decision

Dr Jan Wright

2 Dec 16 - Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright is welcoming the news that Treasury is talking about the possible impacts on New Zealand of sea-level rise.

Wise Responders welcome Treasury's reaction to risk

Sir Alan Mark

30 Nov 16 - A group of eminent New Zealanders who petitioned Parliament to order a risk assessment of the impacts of climate change is welcoming Treasury’s apparent support for at least part of the idea.

Public wants to know green business credentials

Sarah Bolger

28 Nov 16 - Strutting environmental credentials is paying off for businesses, as climate change rises rapidly as an issue in the minds of the public.

NZ goes shopping for Paris pact carbon credits

Kay Harrison

25 Nov 16 - New Zealand has started talking to countries about supplying carbon credits to help to meet its Paris Agreement emissions reduction pledge.

Nick Smith wants to work with the neighbours

Nick Smith

25 Nov 16 - Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith is talking to his new Australian counterpart about aligning environmental regulation.

Forget Trump, global climate action is on the move

Mark Sinclair

24 Nov 16 - International momentum for action on climate change is building, despite the United States electing Donald Trump president, says New Zealand’s climate change ambassador.

Bennett's new climate think-tank has work deadline

Paula Bennett

23 Nov 16 - A first report on how New Zealand can adapt to climate change – including environmentally sustainable economic growth - should be with the Government by May.

CLIMATE CLASS: We're ranked in the bottom five

22 Nov 16 - A new international survey ranks New Zealand as one of the five worst-performing countries when it comes to climate policy – alongside Spain, Japan, Turkey and the Ukraine.

It's going well, says PM, as we pick up another fossil award

John Key

18 Nov 16 - The Prime Minister says the Emissions Trading Scheme is operating “pretty well”.

Key will talk climate change with Trump

Donald Trump

18 Nov 16 - Climate change will be one of the first subjects New Zealand raises with US President-elect Donald Trump, the Prime Minister says.

NZ eyes buying 80% international credits to meet target

17 Nov 16 - New Zealand might buy international carbon credits to meet 80 per cent of its Paris Agreement emissions reduction commitment, a Government paper shows.

Treasury eyes action on cost of rising seas

Bill English

15 Nov 16 - Treasury is looking at setting up a working party into how much climate change-induced sea-level rise will cost the country – even if its minister doesn’t think it’s a good idea.

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