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Minister in dark on coal climate question

Tuesday - The Department of Conservation has not raised with its minister the climate implications of coal mining, despite being involved in a proposal to allow mining on conservation land on the Buller Plateau.

THE COUNT: How important is climate change to the politicians who would be PM?

Monday - Carbon News is keeping count of the number of times political leaders talk in the lead-up to the September 23 general election about the biggest issue the world faces.

OECD (again) tells us to clean up our climate act

16 Jun 17 - New Zealand needs to set strong environmental limits and make polluters pay for the damage they do to the environment, the OECD says.

Do-something campaigners take the climate helm

16 Jun 17 - A climate declaration backed by at least some parts of the business community will be launched in New Zealand on Sunday.

Coastal litter goes under the spotlight

12 Jun 17 - The Government is spending $260,000 reviewing the extent of coastal litter problems.

We're disappointed, PM will tell Tillerson

6 Jun 17 - Prime Minister Bill English will raise the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement when he meets with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today.

CARBON CALL: Why we need sky-high prices

30 May 17 - Carbon prices need to a least quadruple by 2020 if the world is to avoid massive climate change, economists are warning.

BUDGET BONUS: New money for emissions cuts

Paula Bennett

25 May 17 - The Government is putting $4 million into figuring out how New Zealand can cut its greenhouse gas emissions.

EDITORIAL: What this $14 billion figure is all about

25 May 17 - The $14.2 billion being bandied about this week as the cost of ­­­New Zealand's Paris Agreement pledge is not solely attributable to the purchase of international carbon credits.

Buying Euro credits would pay off, says trader

Nigel Brunel

24 May 17 - New Zealand should hedge its international carbon risk by buying European carbon units, a broker says.

Free credits cost taxpayers almost $1.7 billion

16 May 17 - Free carbon credits for trade-exposed heavy emitters have cost taxpayers nearly $1.7 billion.

Synthetic gases move will cut greenhouse emissions

15 May 17 - The Government is getting ready to enact provisions that will actually cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

MPs out of the loop on farm emissions advice

10 May 17 - Parliament has again been told that the Government is getting advice on bringing agricultural emissions into the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Officials look at pricing of agricultural emissions

4 May 17 - Officials are investigating whether a price should be put on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, despite the issue being specifically excluded from the current review of the Emissions Trading...

Government acts on decarbonising the economy

3 May 17 - The Productivity Commission is to investigate the cost of decarbonising New Zealand’s economy.

Student gives Auckland investment message

2 May 17 - Another Auckland University student has turned what might have been the biggest moment of her life to date – graduation – into a protest against the university’s investment in fossil fuels.

New study backs coastal property value warnings

St Heliers

1 May 17 - The Insurance Council’s prediction that climate change-induced rising sea levels will burst the property bubble has been backed by a new report.

FACE THE FACTS: The Government has done little

Ralph Sims

28 Apr 17 - Two major reports on climate change – one on the likely impacts on New Zealand, the other on ways the country can cut emissions – were released a year ago by the country’s top scientific body, the...

Greens want to up carbon price and cut fossil fuels

Gareth Hughes

20 Apr 17 - Higher carbon prices and a ban on new fossil-fuel electricity generation plants are the cornerstones of the Green Party’s plan to get New Zealand to 100 per cent renewable generation by 2030.

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