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Row brews over free credits to heavy emitters

Friday - Tension is building over the allocation of free carbon credits to trade-exposed heavy emitters.

Leaders (well, some of them) are talking climate change

Friday - Climate change was on the lips of the leaders of two of the five parties in Parliament when it resumed this week.

Government eyes new rules for inhibitors

Friday - The Government is considering introducing new rules to govern the use of inhibitors in agriculture to avoid a repeat of the 2013 DCD trade disaster.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Friday - Ten years ago, Korea was floating plans for a carbon tax. In 2015, it introduced an emissions trading scheme, which now covers 591 large emitting-companies.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Friday - Submissions close today on the Urban Development Bill, allowing what the Government calls better co-ordination of land, infrastructure and public assets in complex urban development projects.

Climate crisis looms as major election issue

Thursday - Climate change will be a major factor for more than a quarter of voters in this year’s general election, a new poll suggests.

Lack of global market hurts offsets investment

Thursday - The lack of a global carbon-trading market is holding back investment in offsets, a new report says.


TEN YEARS AGO ...

Thursday - Ten years ago, a scientist calculated that when carbon was added into the mix, forest owners could afford to pay 10 times as much for land as they could if they were relying on income from wood...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Thursday - Parliament sits today, with MPs from the Environment Select Committee continuing hearing oral submissions on proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Energy producers cut CO2 emissions

Wednesday - Carbon dioxide emissions from energy production in the developed world has finally fallen to the level it was at in 1990, the Kyoto Protocol baseline year.

Record growth sends Australia's emissions soaring

Wednesday - Emissions from Australia’s largest industrial emitters have surged to 60 per cent above 2005 levels, thanks to record growth in the oil and gas, transport and mining sectors, analysts say.

Busy mast years can damage our forests

Professor Dave Kelly

Wednesday - Repeated mast years induced by climate change are damaging forests as pest numbers explode, new research shows.

This key MP favours change to RMA law

Chloe Swarbrick

Wednesday - At least one member of the select committee investigating changes to the Resource Management Act thinks the planning law should include climate change.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Wednesday - Ten years ago, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was trying for a third time to get the Senate to back his emissions trading scheme plans.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Wednesday - Parliament sits today and tomorrow, and the Environment Select Committee continues hearing submissions on changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme and the Resource Management Act tomorrow.

We must have certainty with ETS, says Ballance

Mark Wynne

Tuesday - Investment in emissions-cutting new technology like hydrogen could be jeopardised by uncertainty over the Emissions Trading Scheme, fertiliser manufacturer Ballance Agri-Nutrients says.

Government pumps $14m into forest water study

Tuesday - A $14 million Government-funded project is under way to figure out how climate change will affect the amount of water and nutrients flowing through New Zealand forests.

Coronavirus halts work on Marsden solar plant

Tuesday - Work on New Zealand’s largest solar farm has been put on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Rule-breaking plants take on changing climate

Tuesday - Plants that break some of the rules of ecology by adapting in unconventional ways might have a higher chance of surviving climate change, new research suggests.


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