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Govt's ETS stand has dangers, say economists

Tuesday - Excluding agriculture from the Emissions Trading Scheme might be economically inefficient, say Westpac economists.

It's time to rethink what we want from farming

Tuesday - Scientists say nature conservation and protecting the planet from global warming can both be achieved if land is used sustainably, not just for immediate profit.

Disease threatens to kill off bananas ... but there's a way we might save them

Tuesday - Catastrophe is looming for the banana industry. A new strain has emerged of a soil-borne fungus known as “Panama disease” which can wipe out entire plantations – and it is rapidly spreading around the world.

How planning helps these farmers to beat the climate

2 Feb 16 - South Africa’s Western Cape plays an important role in the agricultural economy, but is particularly vulnerable to a changing climate.

UK must balance food farming impacts

18 Jan 16 - The UK could reduce its emissions by converting farmland to absorb more carbon dioxide − but risks increasing climate change effects abroad.

New food status doesn't let NZ off the hook

15 Dec 15 - The pivotal role of agriculture in feeding the world has been recognised in the Paris Agreement on climate change – but that doesn’t mean New Zealand won’t be held accountable for biological emissions.

Govt didn't ask officials about agriculture and the ETS review

David Parker

15 Dec 15 - The Government got no advice from officials on excluding agriculture from the Emissions Trading Scheme – despite officials earlier saying it should be included.


Farmers would do better to understand the land

15 Dec 15 - Suppose your relationship is falling apart and you want to save it. To find the best counsellor, you might search online or ask your friends. It’s no different in agriculture.

Catastrophe looms as arable land is lost

7 Dec 15 - Government officials are calling for major changes in the way New Zealand manages soils, as international scientists warn of catastrophic loss of arable land.

Plant to beat emissions, expert tells farmers

Professor Euan Mason

30 Nov 15 - Cutting production is not the only way for New Zealand to offset agricultural emissions, says a forestry expert.

Taupo farmers take sustainability award

30 Nov 15 - A Taupo farming operation that found a way to live within a nitrogen cap took the top award at this year’s Sustainable Business Network awards.

Can eating less meat really tackle climate change?

30 Nov 15 - With the food system accounting for up to a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, anything that reduces its impact will make a big difference to the climate.

Fires and drought put pressure on US agriculture

16 Nov 15 - The effects of climate change mean the topsoil that gives the US its agricultural strength is now in danger of being blown away.

Best not to mess with agriculture yet, says NZ First

Winston Peters

2 Nov 15 - Agriculture should be left out of the Emissions Trading Scheme until other countries act on biological emissions, says New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

Spread of drylands will hit poorer nations hardest

Drylands are one of the most sensitive areas to climate change and human activities.

2 Nov 15 - Global warming, increasing aridity and rapidly expanding human population will lead to drylands covering half of the Earth’s land surface by the end of this century.

Groser confirms emissions backlash fear

27 Oct 15 - Climate Change Minister Tim Groser has confirmed that it was fear of an international backlash that stopped the Government splitting agricultural emissions from other emissions in New Zealand’s...

BNZ's farmers are serious about climate change

27 Oct 15 - Half the Bank of New Zealand’s customers expect the economy to be affected by climate change, says chief executive Anthony Healy.

A new era of migration ... and not just for people

19 Oct 15 - The world is watching as refugees flood into a Europe unprepared for the new arrivals.

France has a soil plan – and it’s not just about wine

Nature’s own carbon capture and storage. Matthias Ripp

12 Oct 15 - French wine lovers have always taken their soil very seriously. But now the country’s government has introduced fresh reasons for the rest of the world to pay attention to their terroir.


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