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Mayors demand English acts on climate change

Tuesday - New Zealand’s mayors want a national emissions reduction plan and a stocktake of the likely cost to the country of climate change – something Prime Minister Bill English has steadfastly rejected.

Wet weekend rewrites the record books

Tuesday - Climate records continue to tumble this year, with Oamaru last weekend notching up its wettest day on record.

Bunker down, El Nino summers will get worse

Tuesday - Climate change will mean more extreme El Niño summers – the weather pattern that causes droughts in the east of New Zealand and storms in the west.

Environment officials quiet on new coal mines

Monday - The Ministry for the Environment has given the Government no advice on the climate implications of developing 13 new coal mines.

THE COUNT: Floods fail to excite party leaders

Monday - Climate change wasn’t on the lips of New Zealand’s political leaders last week, despite serious flooding in Canterbury and Otago and financial warnings from the world’s first professor of the economics of disasters.

Coastal home owners could pay huge price

Friday - Threats from climate change-induced sea-level rise and storms are not reflected in the market value of coastal New Zealand property, putting many people at risk of financial disaster.

Busy ministry delays work on emissions planning

Thursday - Planning to cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions in line with the country’s Paris Agreement commitments has been delayed because of the Ministry for the Environment’s heavy workload, confidential papers show.


Climate-related damage bill climbs to $174 million

19 Jul 17 - This year’s bill for climate-related disasters in New Zealand has climbed to $174.7 million.

Officials work to cut shocking vehicle emissions

18 Jul 17 - Officials will put a plan to cut New Zealand’s appalling transport emissions to the Government before the end of the year.

Greens put case for billion-dollar growth fund

17 Jul 17 - A billion-dollar Green Infrastructure Fund and New Zealand at net-zero emissions by 2050 will be priorities for the Green Party in government.

Auckland could face a Japan-like climate

17 Jul 17 - Summer in Auckland could, by the end of the century, be as hot as summer in Yokohama is now, a new report says.

THE COUNT: James Shaw takes Greens into the lead

17 Jul 17 - It’s runs on the board this week for two leaders in The Count, our weekly tally of public statements about climate change by party leaders in the lead-up to the general election.

Wood-for-coal switch would save us millions

14 Jul 17 - Using wood instead of coal to provide industrial heat would cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions by 460,000 tonnes and save more than $11 million a year in carbon credits, a new report says.

Net-zero worthy target, says cross-party group

13 Jul 17 - The pan-political Globe climate group says cutting New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 is worth serious discussion.

Ministers eye ways to beat mines planning rules

12 Jul 17 - The Government has been looking at approving new coal mines by creating special economic zones bypassing usual planning rules, Forest & Bird says.

E-cars selling, but not enough to make a difference

11 Jul 17 - New Zealanders are buying electric vehicles in “record” numbers, but they are not making a dent in the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Young Greens come to the zero-carbon party

11 Jul 17 - Young Green Party supporters are joining young National and Labour in supporting the Zero Carbon Act.

CLIMATE COST: Disaster damage bill tops $150 million

10 Jul 17 - Climate-related disasters have cost New Zealand more than $150 million this year.

EMA boots climate change off priority list

Kim Campbell

10 Jul 17 - Climate change policy is not a priority for the Employers and Manufacturers’ Association in this election.


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