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local government, city residents can actually address poor air quality, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Why cities are a rare good news story in climate change

Monday - The visit last week of 65 mayors to the Vatican to discuss climate change, among other things, reflects the central role of cities in debates that for too long took place only at the global and national level.

Soil maps could help show the way for farmers

Monday - Detailed soil maps of farms could reduce nitrate leaching and help to improve food production, a Lincoln University report suggests.

Forecasting dead zones and toxic algae in US waterways: a bad year for Lake Erie

Algae overload ... Lake Erie algal bloom 2011.

Monday - Over the past two decades, scientists have developed ways to predict how ecosystems will react to changing environmental conditions.

Taupo scheme ticking along ... but there are problems

20 Jul 15 - High transaction costs and a lack of liquidity mean that the Lake Taupo Nitrogen Trading Market isn’t working as well as it could, researchers say.

Groser pleads special case for animal emissions

Tim Groser ... critical.

20 Jul 15 - New Zealand wants the next global climate change agreement to treat biological gases treated differently from other greenhouse gases.

EPA Clean Power Plan reenergises US climate policy debate

20 Jul 15 - For the first time this United States summer, the nation’s fleet of existing power plants will face limits on carbon dioxide emissions.

Bioenergy: making money and clean energy

A biogas plant in Queensland.

20 Jul 15 - The Australian government’s draft direction to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to invest in “emerging” clean energy over mature sources such as wind and rooftop solar has added yet more uncertainty to the renewable sector in the country.


Foresters see need for big ETS changes

13 Jul 15 - Major changes will need to be made to the Emissions Trading Scheme if New Zealand wants to meet its just-announced post-2020 emissions reduction target.

Don't ignore us, bioenergy lobby tells Government

Rob Mallinson ... huge potential.

13 Jul 15 - The Government is ignoring the potential for emissions reduction from renewable heat energy, the Bioenergy Association says.

Groser off on climate-talking tour

Tim Groser ... on tour.

13 Jul 15 - Climate Change Minister Tim Groser is off to climate talks in Paris, Luxembourg and Dublin.

Why climate change could knock seafood off the menu

Pink salmon is one of the species jeopardised by the impact of carbon dioxide emissions.

13 Jul 15 - Pink salmon – the smallest and most abundant of the Pacific salmon species, and a supper table mainstay in many parts of the world – may be swimming toward trouble.

Warming planet heightens plight of the bumblebee

The role bumblebees play as plant pollinators is vital in providing food for humans and wildlife.

13 Jul 15 - By TIM RADFORD.- Scientists warn that human intervention may be needed to protect bees as climate change overheats their southern habitat range.

Why our cuts will be an embarrassment in Paris

Prof Ralph Chapman ... NZ not in a good light.

8 Jul 15 - The 2030 emissions reduction target announced yesterday will damage New Zealand’s credibility at this year’s Paris climate talks, says the man who negotiated for us in Kyoto.

11% cut ... follow us down the path to catastrophe

Dr James Renwick ... leadership timid.

8 Jul 15 - New Zealand will face droughts, floods, fires, social upheaval and catastrophic global economic damage if the world follows the country’s lead on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, says one of our...

NZ sets post 2030 target

7 Jul 15 - The Government has just announced the emissions reduction target New Zealand will take to international climate talks in Paris - 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Is palm oil the scourge of the earth, or a wonder crop?

6 Jul 15 - If you happen to mention palm oil to most people outside of Asia you are unlikely to get a particularly positive reaction.

Australia’s ‘climate roundtable’ could unite old foes and end the carbon deadlock

Business, environmental, trade union and social groups all see advantages in looking beyond high-emission industries such as coal-fired power.

6 Jul 15 - Climate policy is in the Australian media yet again, but this time it might be different. The set of policy principles released by the Australian Climate Roundtable are extraordinary for two reasons.

It looks like carbon capture is going down down the tubes

Hopes that CCS can rescue power plants like Satpura in India remain illusory so far

6 Jul 15 - One of the much-heralded solutions to climate change which its supporters believe could enable the world to continue to burn fossil fuels looks likely to be a failure.

Greenhouse gas-guzzlers might spurn extra carbon dioxide

Fossil diatoms from marine sediments: their descendants reject rising CO2.

6 Jul 15 - Diatoms – tiny ocean-dwelling photosynthesisers that produce a fifth of the planet’s oxygen each year – may not gulp down more carbon dioxide more enthusiastically as greenhouse gas levels in the...


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