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EMISSIONS EDICT: Time to act, says Toyota chief

Friday - New Zealand businesses should now be asking how they are going to cut emissions in line with the country’s international pledges – even if those commitments are not yet going far enough, says Toyota New Zealand managing director Alistair Davis.

Officials tell why we need a carbon price floor

Thursday - A carbon price floor would be challenging but would give businesses certainty and guarantee foresters a price that made planting trees worthwhile, officials told the Government.

NZ unlikely to use banked credits, says minister

Paula Bennett

Wednesday - The Government is unlikely to use New Zealand’s banked carbon credits to make-good on hot-air credits we have already surrendered internationally, a Parliamentary select committee has heard.

Bennett vows to hold carbon price at $25

Paula Bennett

Tuesday - New Zealand’s carbon price cap will not rise above $25 for a long time – but neither will it go down, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett has told a select committee.

Why we're getting it wrong on growth of cities

Iain White

14 Jun 16 - New Zealand is failing to use joined-up thinking when it comes to preparing for the impacts of climate change, says the head of environmental planning at Waikato University.

$20b Brownlee: We're doing all we can for climate

Gerry Brownlee

10 Jun 16 - Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government is making every effort it can to cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

SEA-RISE RISK: We're facing damage worth billions

9 Jun 16 - More than a billion dollars worth of New Zealand’s road and rail networks is at risk from rising sea levels caused by climate change, a Ministry of Transport report says.


YES! We have ideas ... lots of them

1 Jun 16 - The organisers of yesterday’s Yes We Can! seminar on how to transition the New Zealand energy system to a low-carbon future have got a good problem – too many ideas.

Southern long-fin eels to go it alone

1 Jun 16 - Management of at-risk native long-fin eels in the South Island is to be separated from management of their short-fin cousins.

How we can slash emissions from industrial buildings

31 May 16 - New Zealand could cut greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a million tonnes a year by 2030 through better energy management in commercial buildings, says the Energy Management Association.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We're being taught not to waste it

31 May 16 - New Zealanders are about to get lessons in how not to waste food.

Diplomat takes on agriculture emissions job

Hayden Montgomry

31 May 16 - New Zealand’s Ambassador to Argentina has got a new job – selling the importance of finding ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

Funding round opens for emissions research

31 May 16 - The fourth round of the funding for research to cut agricultural greenhouse gas emissions is open.

Government to snaffle 1:2 subsidy revenue

27 May 16 - Revenue from the scrapping of the one-for-two subsidy will not be earmarked to fund emissions-reduction policies.

So, what does it mean for climate change?

27 May 16 - What’s in the Budget for climate change?

What they said ...

27 May 16 - Budget – what they said on the removal of the one-for-two carbon subsidy:

Carbon prices jump after Budget breakthrough

Nigel Brunel

26 May 16 - Carbon prices jumped this afternoon on confirmation that the one-for-two subsidy is to be phased out, and could reach $20 by the end of the year.

New report sees world of expanding carbon markets

26 May 16 - Carbon markets will expand on the back of the Paris Agreement, and carbon prices will need to rise to between $50 and $66 for the world to meet the climate change agreement’s goals, a new survey says.

US insurance aid props up climate-risk homes

26 May 16 - Lloyd’s, one of the world’s biggest insurance companies, says the US government must stop providing insurance subsidies to homeowners building on flood plains and in coastal areas exposed to mounting...


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