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We're knee-deep in it (adding up emissions, that is)

Today 10:00am - The Government is now doing what businesses have been doing since 2011 – totting up how many credits it has to surrender to meet its obligations.

Nelson talkfest to get serious about contaminants

24 Aug 15 - Business, government and academic global leaders gather in Nelson this week to talk about the environmental impacts of manufactured contaminants.

Climate expert gives Anzacs a fail mark

Heads together ... Anzac leaders John Key and Tony Abbott.
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17 Aug 15 - Australia has set a post-2020 emissions reduction target as poor as that of New Zealand.

'Myopic focus' costing us climate change progress

17 Aug 15 - New Zealand might have reached the limits of its ability to exploit natural resources, the Labour Party says.

Review ETS after Paris, says climate lawyer

17 Aug 15 - The Emissions Trading Scheme review should be pushed off into next year, a climate change lawyer says.

The urban machine solution is not good for cities

17 Aug 15 - First-world cities have an unhealthy dependence on the “urban machine” - the modern engineering solutions within their infrastructure - making their inhabitants vulnerable to disaster, new research shows.

World doesn't have time for pessimism, says IPCC man

Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele ... full of hope.

10 Aug 15 - IPCC deputy chair Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele says he hasn’t got time to be pessimistic about whether the world will take action to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Treasury maps out our path to a low-carbon enconomy

27 Jul 15 - A strong carbon price, better urban planning, a climate commission and systematic assessment of how government policies affect climate change would help New Zealand’s transition to a low-carbon...

Key: It's our climate policy and we're sticking with it

John Key ... we've got it right.

27 Jul 15 - Prime Minister John Key has rejected calls for cross-party agreement on climate change policy.

Recycling trial aims to solve plastic bags problem

20 Jul 15 - The packaging sector and the Government are working together to find a way to recycle supermarket bags and other soft plastic.

'Failed' NZ could be walking into trap at Paris climate summit

Professor Bill Hare ... fail mark for NZ.

13 Jul 15 - New Zealand could be in trouble with its post-2020 emissions reduction target if the world doesn’t allow us to continue to use creative accounting to meet our obligations, international scientists...

Businesses put brakes on climate action, says study

13 Jul 15 - Fewer businesses are taking action on greenhouse gases than two years ago, Waikato University’s latest sustainability report shows.

Groser off on climate-talking tour

Tim Groser ... on tour.

13 Jul 15 - Climate Change Minister Tim Groser is off to climate talks in Paris, Luxembourg and Dublin.

Why our cuts will be an embarrassment in Paris

Prof Ralph Chapman ... NZ not in a good light.

8 Jul 15 - The 2030 emissions reduction target announced yesterday will damage New Zealand’s credibility at this year’s Paris climate talks, says the man who negotiated for us in Kyoto.

11% cut ... follow us down the path to catastrophe

Dr James Renwick ... leadership timid.

8 Jul 15 - New Zealand will face droughts, floods, fires, social upheaval and catastrophic global economic damage if the world follows the country’s lead on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, says one of our...

We're still undecided on ETS, says minister

Tim Groser ... taking a look.

8 Jul 15 - The terms of reference for the review of the Emissions Trading Scheme have not yet been set, says Climate Change Minister Tim Groser.

NZ sets post 2030 target

7 Jul 15 - The Government has just announced the emissions reduction target New Zealand will take to international climate talks in Paris - 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Is our target ambitious, or just spin?

7 Jul 15 - Climate Change Minister Tim Groser is describing the new target as ambitious and a significant increase on the current target of five per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

We need a plan to get there, says business

7 Jul 15 - Business groups say they want to know how the Government is going to make sure New Zealand achieves the 2030 emissions reduction target announced today.

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