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Farming is losing ground, says Sir Lockwood

Friday - New Zealand agriculture can be carbon-neutral but it is slipping behind developments in Ireland, former Speaker, UK ambassador and agricultural scientist Sir Lockwood Smith says.

Welcome to Welly ... the Paris of the southern hemisphere

Friday - Wellington is the new Paris of the South, according to the latest cities’ liveability index.


Friday - Ten years ago, the National Government announced a deal with the Maori Party that led to the gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Let new commission be the arbiter, says Upton

Thursday - ANYTHING in the zero-carbon bill that MPs can’t agree on should be referred to the new climate commission, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton has told MPs.

Electricity planning is vital, politicians hear

Thursday - Extra demand for electricity as the country’s economy decarbonises needs to be co-ordinated if the system is to cope, MPs have heard.


Thursday - Ten years ago, French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced a carbon tax to “save the human race” from global warming.

Govt expects $7b windfall from new forestry rules

Wednesday - The move to new forestry carbon accounting rules will earn the Government $7 billion over the next 30 years.


Wednesday - Ten years ago, New Zealand businesses were being advised not to get caught without enough carbon credits to cover unexpected events, like extra sales.

Big Hydro might sidestep new water rules

Tuesday - Because of climate change, the country’s six largest hydro power schemes should be exempt from rules requiring minimum water levels in rivers, the Government says.


Tuesday - Ten years ago, cities were being touted as a major way to store carbon.

Cabinet refuses to show ETS farming papers

9 Sep 19 - The Government is refusing to release six documents relating to farming and the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Green taxes make business sense, says study

9 Sep 19 - Environmental taxes such as carbon pricing don’t necessarily slow economic development, researchers say.

OPINION: New Zealand is one of a kind

9 Sep 19 - New Zealand climate scientist Professor Jim Salinger and United States meteorologist Professor Jose D Fuentes explain why they’ve told the Government to be much harder on methane emissions than it is...


9 Sep 19 - Ten years ago, Labour was feeling confident that the National Government would have to accept its deal on the Emissions Trading Scheme, saying it was prepared to walk away if National wasn’t...

METHANE MEASURE: It's all a matter of GWPs

6 Sep 19 - A new way of accounting for methane proposed by New Zealand researchers ignores the damage this country has already done to the climate and locks in its “right to emit”, Parliament has been told.

Barbados becomes a blues brother

James Shaw and Kirk Humphrey

6 Sep 19 - Barbados has joined a New Zealand-led group taking action to limit the impacts of ocean acidification caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide in the air.


6 Sep 19 - Ten years ago, Norway announced it would start using its $400 billion state pension fund to back green investments.

Thames council aware of risks, says lawyer

Denis Tegg

5 Sep 19 - A lawyer is calling for mandatory disclosure by councils of climate-change risks, saying authorities have been sitting on information about Thames for years.


5 Sep 19 - Ten years ago, months of messing around with the Emissions Trading Scheme had cost the country a year of tree-planting, the industry said.

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