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How Paris Agreement could punish the economy

Monday - New Zealand will face significant economic damage from the Paris Agreement if carbon stored in forests is not recognised, the Emissions Trading Scheme is not linked internationally, and agricultural emissions incur a carbon price, a new report shows.

PARIS PROMISE: Money men wanted farmers to pay

Friday - Treasury opposed $20 million in extra funding to the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, announced by Prime Minister John Key in Paris in December, saying the farming industry should be putting up money.

2005 TRICK: It doesn't tell the real emissions story

Kennedy Graham

Thursday - New Zealand appears to be locking in 2005 as the baseline for emissions reductions, effectively ignoring the massive rise in the countryís greenhouse gases before then, says Green MP Kennedy Graham.

DE-GROWTH D-DAY: Why we must shrink the economy

Thursday - What is so refreshing about the UNís Sustainable Development Goals is that they recognise the inherent tension between economic development and the ecology of our planet. Or so it seems.

Bennett backs 'creative accounting' for emissions

Wednesday - New Zealand is planning to use what has been described as creative accounting to meet its post-2020 emissions reduction target.

NZ lets economics rule environment policies

23 Aug 16 - Balancing the environment with development is tricky. One way for policymakers to include the value of ecosystems in development is to set limits for pollution and other environmental impacts, known as environmental bottom lines.

Paris submissions close September 2

22 Aug 16 - The public has until September 2 to make submissions on New Zealandís ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

NZ looks for carbon credit trading friends

19 Aug 16 - New Zealand is stepping up the hunt for sources of quality carbon credits to help to meet its international emissions reduction targets.

Bennett rules out parties' two key climate points

18 Aug 16 - Carbon budgeting and a climate commission are not on the table for cross-party talks on climate change.

National MPs join Green climate group

Kennedy Graham

18 Aug 16 - Five National Party MPs have now joined a cross-party group investigating climate change Ė the most recent this morning.

Big role for business as NZ set to ratify Paris pact

Paula Bennett

17 Aug 16 - Business is being called in to help to plan New Zealandís transition to a low-carbon economy, as the Government pledges to ratify the Paris Agreement this year.

DIRTY DOZEN: Big firms who traded in cheap units

16 Aug 16 - Some of New Zealandís largest carbon emitters, along with forestry companies and even iwi are among the organisations that used cheap EURs to meet their liabilities under the Emissions Trading...

Why it's a tough job to get Paris pact over the line

Jo Tyndall

15 Aug 16 - Getting the Paris Agreement on climate change into force this year is technically possible, but getting across the emissions threshold will be hard, says a New Zealander at the heart of the process.

UN gives our Super Fund top marks

15 Aug 16 - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has again scored an A-plus rating for governance and strategy around responsible investment in the latest benchmarking report by the United Nations-supported...

CLIMATE COSTS: Three things we must do now

Profesor Jonathan Boston

8 Aug 16 - New Zealand needs an Earthquake Commission-style Climate Change Fund to help to pay for the inevitable impacts of climate change, says an expert in public policy.

Environment groups push plan to meet Paris goals

Sir Alan Mark

8 Aug 16 - Environmental groups are working on a plan they say will help the Government to do what it needs to do to meet the Paris Agreement emissions reduction target.

We look to be light on climate change officials

3 Aug 16 - The Government has only a handful of staff dedicated to working fulltime on climate change.

Bennett: We'll have to revisit emissions cuts

Paula Bennett

28 Jul 16 - New Zealand will take another look at its post-2020 emissions reduction target once it has ratified the Paris Agreement, the climate change minister says.

Floods sound call to sea-level action, say Greens

Eugenie Sage

27 Jul 16 - Floods in Kapiti and Waitara last weekend show why the Government must take action over rising sea levels caused by climate change, says the Green Party.

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12 Aug 16 - Kiwi clothing designer Karen Walker has certified that none of its garments are...

Farm trust honours regional winners

8 Jun 16 - Supreme winners from the 11 regions participating in the 2016 Ballance Farm...

Canon offers prizes to environmentalists

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