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Minister knows of water woes, but public information tap is turned off

Monday - Finance Minister Bill English has been told something about fresh water – but the public isn’t allowed to know what it is.

Crowd-funders get behind CarbonScape

Monday - Kiwi cleantech company CarbonScape has hit its crowd-funding equity target.

Expand climate portfolio, says Mahuta

Nanaia Mahuta ... better targets.

Monday - The Cabinet portfolios of agriculture and climate change should be given to the same person, says Labour Party leadership hopeful Nanaia Mahuta.

How Mighty River is switching on to the new economy

Fraser Whineray ... we could save billions.

10 Nov 14 - Generator Mighty River Power is claiming a stake in the new economy, pushing for New Zealand’s car fleet to go electric and indicating that it will move into the water business.

Carbon units traffic slows to 3m trickle

10 Nov 14 - Just 3.4 million carbon units passed through the New Zealand Emissions Units Register last month.

Our emissions plan hopeless, says renowned academic

Prof Ralph Sims ... poor policies.

3 Nov 14 - New Zealand has no chance of meeting its 2020 emissions reduction target under current policies, says a leading scientist involved in the latest IPCC report.

What the politicians said ...

Tim Groser ... playing our part.

3 Nov 14 - All three of New Zealand's major political parties say that the IPCC's latest call on climate change is important.

Climate refugees? We'll think of something ...

Michael Woodhouse ... nothing specific.

3 Nov 14 - New Zealand still has no plan to help climate change refugees – despite acknowledging that many Pacific Islands people might need to be relocated.

State miner rethinks environment liabilities

3 Nov 14 - The State coal-miner says its future environmental liabilities are not as great as it thought.

Tararua turbines set power-output record

Record-breaker ... Tararua wind farm.

3 Nov 14 - Two New Zealand wind turbines have set a world record for output.

Hunt for oil anchors Govt's environment plan

28 Oct 14 - The National Party is leading off its environmental package for its new term in power with plans to encourage more oil exploration – despite the burning of fossil fuels being the single biggest cause...

Honey hits the jackpot for steep-land believer

28 Oct 14 - In 2010, Taranaki farmer Neil Walker was enthusiastic about the potential for a combination of carbon farming and beekeeping to rejuvenate steep-land farming.

Green-coke pioneer puts faith in public-funding

Fired up ... NZ Steel wants CarbonScape green coke.

28 Oct 14 - Clean-coal company CarbonScape is the first clean-tech company in New Zealand to use crowd-funding to raise capital.

Good tyres tread lightly on the Earth

28 Oct 14 - New Zealand could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 6000 tonnes a year by installing fuel-efficient tyres on the nation’s fleet of light vehicles.

Emissions register has a new look

28 Oct 14 - The Environmental Protection Authority is making the national emissions register more user-friendly.

Chile's new tax could open carbon doors for NZ

Dr Suzi Kerr ... enormous opportunities.

20 Oct 14 - Chile’s new carbon tax potentially offers New Zealand an opportunity to offset some of its own agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, says economist Dr Suzi Kerr.

Soils SOS as cities gobble up our best growing land

20 Oct 14 - New Zealand is allowing its elite soils to be eaten up by cities – despite signing up to a new global campaign to protect valuable agricultural land.

Rod Oram: Why I'm getting out of fossil fuels

Rod Oram ... doing his bit.

20 Oct 14 - Business commentator Rod Oram is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to sustainable investment.

Anxious foresters await review of foreign credits ban

13 Oct 14 - A controversial decision to make foresters the only emitters banned from using cheap foreign carbon credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions is under review.

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