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It's official, our marine world is a mess

Thursday - Climate change and ocean acidification are piling pressure on a marine system already stressed by the impacts of human activities, the latest official state-of-the-environment report says.

Green investment fund defends slow start

Thursday - The Government’s Green Investment Finance fund says it is working on “a number of opportunities” for investment.

NZ joins finance ministers' climate group

Wednesday - Finance minister Grant Robertson is joining the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action.

Unions put case for 'just transition'

Tuesday - Unions want reform of the tax system and redundancy payments for all laid-off workers as part of a “just transition” to a low-carbon economy.

HEY, JUDE: That's dangerous talk, say 'fanatics'

Judith Collins

Tuesday - National MP Judith Collins’ dismissal of the need for urgent action on climate change is being called ill-informed, dangerous and just plain wrong.

Fanatics overstating climate case, says Collins

Monday - National Party MP Judith Collins says the risks of letting global heating go beyond 1.5deg above pre-Industrial levels are being overstated by an “increasingly fanatical” green lobby.

Banking academic to head climate commission

Dr Rod Carr

8 Oct 19 - Former Reserve Bank chair Dr Rod Carr will head the Climate Change Commission.

Govt poised to reveal farm emissions decision

8 Oct 19 - An announcement on how the agricultural sector will be charged for greenhouse gas emissions is imminent, the Government says.

NZ scientists use algae to improve Japanese cars

Dr Tom Wheeler and karengo.

3 Oct 19 - New Zealand scientists are working with the Japanese motor industry to find a low-carbon replacement for fuels, plastics and a host of other substances.

Carbon connection missing from trade moves

David Parker

2 Oct 19 - Carbon trading and tariffs on goods not subject to carbon pricing are not part of a New Zealand-led climate trade agreement.

Climate fears threaten tourism billions, says report

1 Oct 19 - Public fears about climate change threaten New Zealand’s $39-billion-a-year tourism revenue, a new report warns.

Ardern sets up climate-change trade deal

26 Sep 19 - New Zealand is one of five countries bringing climate change into a trade deal.

Emissions spotlight on land use and transport

25 Sep 19 - The committee of experts advising the Government on emissions budgeting has its sights set on our two biggest climate-polluting sectors – land use and transport.

ARDERN'S GLOBAL INVITE: Let's trade strengths

24 Sep 19 - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has told the world New Zealand wants climate change included in trade deals and global co-operation on carbon pricing.

Smarts and skills keys to the future, says Govt

23 Sep 19 - Deeper pools of capital, a smart, skilled and motivated workforce and plentiful clean energy are behind the Government’s plans for the future of the economy.

New water rules have Govt guessing on gases

20 Sep 19 - New rules to improve water quality will also drive down New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions – but the Government doesn’t know by how much.

At last, we're getting a look at climate risks

19 Sep 19 - Progress is being made at last on assessing the risk climate change poses to New Zealand.

Local businesses given emissions know-how

19 Sep 19 - The Government has released new advice for local businesses wanting to voluntarily offset their emissions.

Ardern has faith in farmers to do the job

18 Sep 19 - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern agrees with farmers that greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture should be managed at a farm level.

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Dr Zahra Champion

30 Jul 19 - Gene editing has a crucial role to play in reducing emissions to deal with...

LGNZ gets clear climate message from school activists

26 Jul 19 - School Strike 4 Climate NZ organisers Sophie Handford and Raven Maeder...

New plant makes food packaging from recycled plastic

16 Jul 19 - A new plant to make New Zealand’s first range of food packaging from recycled...

Energy agency welcomes Government moves on e-vehicles

11 Jul 19 - Proposals to get more low-emission vehicles on New Zealand roads could be a...

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