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Brett Tomkins ... mainstream.

Companies call for politicians to get serious about sustainability

Monday - Companies representing a quarter of the New Zealand economy are calling on all political parties to make a long-term commitment to sustainable business.

Business needs to make climate change stand

Dr Suzi Kerr ... major issue.

Monday - There is still an element of climate change scepticism in New Zealand business, says a leading policy analyst.

Experts pinpoint what emissions cost economy

Professor Les Oxley ... international price.

Monday - For the first time, economists have put a financial cost on the impact of greenhouse gases released by the industrialisation of developed countries.

Ranking shows we are kind to the planet

Monday - New Zealand is the seventh-kindest country to the planet, according to a new ranking system.

The climate change world according to Piketty

Thomas Piketty ... act now.

Monday - French economist widely debated Thomas Piketty and his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century are a global publishing phenomenon. But while Piketty’s writing on wealth inequality has been widely debated, far fewer people know that he has some useful things to say about climate change and public capital.

Our leaders missing as world talks climate tactics

John Key ... too busy.

11 Aug 14 - Xi Jinping is going, and so is Barack Obama, but John Key is staying home.

Greens have a tempting carbon tax idea

11 Aug 14 - A carbon price is still the best and fairest way to achieve emissions cuts, but as Australia and New Zealand show, it’s not easy to get it right. How could carbon pricing be improved?


Economist rubbishes Govt's $500 power cost claim

4 Aug 14 - Government claims that lifting carbon prices would cost householders $500 more a year in electricity bills have been debunked.

WORTH WATCHING: New film shows up our sorry climate change story

4 Aug 14 - New Zealand’s tortuously slow reaction to the threats of climate change has been documented.

Green economy key to change, says Labour

Andrew Little ... new opportunities.

4 Aug 14 - Labour says it will embrace the green economy by moving away from reliance on extractive industries and primary production toward low-carbon, high-value goods and services.

Foreign foresters might sue over ETS changes

1 Aug 14 - New Zealand might face claims under free-trade agreements for losses caused as a result of changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Carbon axe will boost renewables, says Trustpower

1 Aug 14 - Electricity generator Trustpower believes the repeal of Australia's carbon tax will be great for renewable energy, which is likely to be heavily favoured under the federal government's Renewable...

Business begins to adopt the circular economy

1 Aug 14 - The concept of the circular economy has left the realm of academic theory and entered the world of business.

Morgan makes a splash with private water report

25 Jul 14 - Philanthropist Gareth Morgan has followed through on his promise and thrown a large rock into the Government’s water-policy pool.

We must learn to live with floods, says river expert

25 Jul 14 - People are going to have to learn to live with floods like those that have shut down large parts of Northland over the past two weeks, says an expert in river channel dynamics.

Shorten pleads for G20 to talk climate crisis

Bill Shorten ... regrettable attention.

25 Jul 14 - Australian Opposition leader Bill Shorten has taken his battle with Prime Minister Tony Abbott over climate policy to an international stage, saying the issue should be a priority for the G20...

Greening needs workers, says UN labour chief

25 Jul 14 - The world does not have to choose between job creation and preserving the environment, says a senior United Nations labour official.

Businesses bounce back but still dragging the chain

Eva Collins ... business needs to get smart.

18 Jul 14 - New Zealand businesses are bouncing back into sustainability – but they’ve got a long way to go to catch up with the rest of the world, says a strategy and human resources expert.

Carbon tax repeal could leave businesses marooned

18 Jul 14 - In the short term, the repeal of Australia's carbon tax, passed in the Senate yesterday, may provide some relief for businesses and households as electricity bills fall — although possibly not as...


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Canon offers environment prizes

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CRL Energy wins environment award

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Evolution show home opens in the south

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Sustainability graduates make their mark

7 Mar 14 - Now in its fourth year, Otago Polytechnic’s Graduate Programmes in Sustainable...

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