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How's the carbon market going? Experts can't agree

Tuesday - Government officials say that New Zealand’s carbon market is liquid – but Westpac’s economists say it’s not.

Why there's little cost in wiping ETS protections

Chris Schilling

Tuesday - Scrapping the one-for-two and the $25 carbon price cap is likely to have little impact on the economy.

ETS has made little impact, says ministry

Tuesday - The Emissions Trading Scheme has failed to encourage any significant emissions reduction by businesses, a government report has found.

Why Paris might lead to shortage of NZUs

Tuesday - The supply of NZUs could be about to become tighter, a new report says.

Why post-Paris businesses must get moving

Emma Herd

2 Feb 16 - Emissions Trading Scheme measures protecting industries from the full impact of carbon pricing have had their day, says an organisation representing a trillion dollars worth of investments.

Carbon questions lie in wait at Waitangi

2 Feb 16 - The Government is likely to face tough questioning at Waitangi this weekend over carbon prices.

Stakeholders next up in ETS review

2 Feb 16 - The Emissions Trading Scheme review moves into stakeholder meetings this week.

Our leaders suddenly silent on climate change

Winston Peters

2 Feb 16 - The world’s leaders might have been talking big on climate change in Paris in December, but our local versions have been remarkably quiet on the subject in their state-of-the-nation speeches.

Labour setting sail to test the waters of the Pacific

2 Feb 16 - Labour is sending a task force to the Pacific to investigate the impact of climate change on fresh water supplies.

SBC chief off to work for the Government

Penny Nelson

2 Feb 16 - Sustainable Business Council executive director Penny Nelson is leaving to work for the Government.

NZ unlikely to act on emissions conditions

25 Jan 16 - ­New Zealand is unlikely to activate its conditional 2020 emissions reduction target, officials say.

Keystone pipeline case holds warning for NZ

25 Jan 16 - The Keystone oil pipeline case is the type of challenge New Zealand could face if it signs the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, a new analysis shows.

We need fearless leaders, says Clark

Helen Clark

25 Jan 16 - Former Prime Minister Helen Clark is calling for “fearless leadership” to get global agreements implemented – including the recently negotiated Paris Agreement on climate change.

Eight submitters lead in the charge on ETS

18 Jan 16 - Just eight people and organisations have so far made submissions on the latest review of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Businesses' biggest headache is the climate

18 Jan 16 - Climate change is now the single biggest issue facing business, according to a new global survey.

Facts come first, says our new climate chief

Paula Bennett

15 Dec 15 - The first big job facing new Climate Change Minister is the review of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Minister releases (some) TPPA safeguards

Nick Smith

15 Dec 15 - Official analysis of the environmental implications of the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement have been released – in part.

They've done it!

13 Dec 15 - A new global climate change agreement has been reached, with nearly 200 countries committing to a deal described as the end of the fossil fuel era.

Europe shows up NZ Kyoto credits decision

7 Dec 15 - The morality of New Zealand’s plans to use carry-over Kyoto credits to meet its 2020 emissions reduction target is being undermined by European countries cancelling millions of their own carry-over...

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