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Bill English ... suddenly silent.

English goes silent on carbon deficit costs

15 Dec 14 - The Government is refusing to discuss what impact a 2030 carbon deficit will have on the economy – despite warnings from Treasury.

Climate expert: It's all smoke and mirrors, Mr Groser

Professor Ralph Sims ... minister is wrong.

15 Dec 14 - New Zealand is using smoke and mirrors to meet its 2020 emissions reduction target, when it could get there by using clean heating and transport technologies, says one of our leading scientists.

We're facing a $3b carbon crisis ... and it could be worse

8 Dec 14 - New Zealand has a $3 billion carbon headache looming – and Treasury says that’s the conservative estimate.

The country needs a carbon budget, says pressure group

8 Dec 14 - A climate change lobby group is calling for a national carbon budget and legally binding emissions reduction targets.

Groser has a cunning plan (but he won't say what it is)

Tim Groser ... pushing the envelope.

8 Dec 14 - Climate Change Minister Tim Groser says New Zealand will “push the envelope” on post-2020 emissions reductions.

Labour vows to watch work and the new economy

Grant Robertson ... we must plan now.

1 Dec 14 - The Labour Party’s Future of Work Commission will include analysis of the impacts on work of climate change and the low-carbon economy.

Govt hopes Kyoto credits will cover emissions blow-out

1 Dec 14 - The Government will use international Kyoto credits received in what’s known as the KP1 true-up to cover its emissions blow-out.


Climate change health action urgent, say doctors

1 Dec 14 - The need for rapid action on climate change in New Zealand in order to protect health is clear, according to a group of climate and health experts.

Govt slammed for weak climate fund contribution

Kennedy Graham ... NZ weak.

24 Nov 14 - The Government is under fire for the size of its contribution to a global fund to help developing countries to combat climate change.

Climate change too far down Labour's list

Andrew Little ... climate in the background.

24 Nov 14 - By editor ADELIA HALLETT.- New Labour Party leader Andrew Little appears to rank climate change only slightly more importantly than does Prime Minister John Key.

New shadow minister eyes climate change priorities

Megan Woods ... it just is.

24 Nov 14 - Labour's new climate change and environment spokesperson says there's never been a time when she didn't believe in climate change.

Expand climate portfolio, says Mahuta

Nanaia Mahuta ... better targets.

17 Nov 14 - The Cabinet portfolios of agriculture and climate change should be given to the same person, says Labour Party leadership hopeful Nanaia Mahuta.

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.

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...

Emissions register has a new look

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

Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens green trade deal

28 Oct 14 - The Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens a green trade deal that could ultimately do more to reduce carbon emissions than international climate agreements such as the failed Kyoto Protocol.

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.


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