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Officials examine future of dodgy Russian credits

Friday - Officials are calculating the number of dodgy carbon credits New Zealand used in meeting its emissions reduction target, raising the prospect that the country might yet make good on its actions.

ON YER BIKE: Exercise great way to cut emissions

Friday - Getting New Zealanders out of their cars and on to their feet or bikes would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 194,000 tonnes a year, researchers say.

UN hears call for sustainability voice in Cabinet

Abbie Reynolds

Thursday - New Zealand should have a Cabinet minister responsible for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations has been told.

Pay the farmers now, says bioenergy lobby

Wednesday - The Bioenergy Association wants farmers who cut greenhouse gas emissions to be eligible for carbon credits now.

Farmers might get tradeable credits in ETS deal

Tuesday - Farmers will face a price on emissions from 2025 at the latest, the Government says.

Government sticks with 100% renewables plan

Tuesday - The Government is pushing ahead with plans to make New Zealandís electricity generation 100 per cent renewable, despite advice from the Interim Climate Change Committee that it would be better to focus on electrifying the transport and industrial heat sectors.

Zero-carbon submitters back 1.5deg target

Tuesday - Submitters on the zero-carbon bill support a target of limiting warming to 1.5deg being enshrined in legislation.

Labour Party pushes public to back carbon bill

Monday - The Labour Party is building a campaign base to push through the zero-carbon legislation.

Global carbon markets long way off, says Shaw

James Shaw

12 Jul 19 - Functioning international carbon markets are a decade away Ė probably two, New Zealandís climate minister says.

Farm methane doing most damage, say scientists

Andy Reisinger

11 Jul 19 - Methane from farm animals in New Zealand is doing more damage to the climate than the combined impacts of all other greenhouse gases, a new analysis says.

Government moving to auction system - and soon

10 Jul 19 - The Government is gearing up to auction carbon units from the end of next year at the latest.

Local governments want climate rules in RMA

8 Jul 19 - Local authorities want to be able to take climate impacts into account when they are considering applications under the Resource Managements Act.

Grant to find answers to native trees questions

8 Jul 19 - The Government is putting $422,000 into finding better ways to grow native trees for forestry.

ZCB might not do the job, Government hears

Kennedy Graham

5 Jul 19 - The zero-carbon bill might not fulfil New Zealandís international obligations on climate change, the Government is being told.

ProdCom report urges Govt to support councils

4 Jul 19 - The Government is coming under increasing pressure to provide local councils with the skills and resources they need to deal with the impacts of climate change.

Why we can't ignore imported carbon emissions

3 Jul 19 - Greenhouse gases released in the production of imported goods used by New Zealanders are coming under the spotlight.

BETTER WORLD: There's a lot to do, says Govt

2 Jul 19 - New Zealand can increase wealth and jobs and protect the environment Ė but itís going to take work, the Government says.

Touring by car ups emissions, says report

27 Jun 19 - Domestic and international tourists driving cars are pushing up New Zealandís greenhouse gas emissions, counteracting a small drop in emissions from industry.

Government buying power goes green

27 Jun 19 - The Government is using its massive buying power to help to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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