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Our forests key to the future, say scientists

Friday - Heavy-emitting businesses could be buying more than $500 million worth of forestry credits a year by 2025, says the Crown Research Institute Scion.

UN awards us a fail mark for handling of environment

Friday - New Zealand’s poor environmental management – including action on climate change and sustainable agriculture – has scored it a fail mark on five of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

How farmers, big emitters blow our carbon budget

Wednesday - More than 90 per cent of New Zealand’s carbon budget for the 2020s will be spent on subsidising agriculture and trade-exposed heavy emitters, government estimates show.

Offshore windfarms power ahead in Europe

Wednesday - Falling costs mean that power generated by offshore wind farms is becoming increasingly competitive with other fuels – and that’s good news for the climate.

America's booming marijuana industry is an energy hog

Wednesday - As Americans go to the polls in November, at least four states will consider ballot questions on marijuana legalisation.

Britain could warm by 4deg this century

Tuesday - Scientific advisers warn that, by 2100, temperatures in Britain could rise by twice as much as the internationally agreed limit set at the Paris climate conference.

Solar farms offer bonus for tropical crops

Tuesday - Research in England shows that solar farms reduce local temperature and provide shade, enabling crops in hot and desert climates to flourish.


Can Nauru bounce back from mining boom and bust?

18 Jul 16 - When most of us hear of Nauru we tend to think of immigration detention, or perhaps of the environmentally ruinous legacy of the island nation’s ill-fated phosphate mining boom.

DROUGHT-DODGER: Let's hear it for the humble bean

18 Jul 16 - Scientists have found that some varieties of beans − a vital food crop grown on every continent except Antarctica − have developed ways of coping with the climate-related droughts that...

Subsidy loss will cost dairy farmers a 'low' $4588

15 Jul 16 - Removal of the one-for-two carbon subsidy will cost dairy farmers $4588 and households between $66 and $99 - costs that Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says are “relatively low”.

POWER SHOCK: Just how climate friendly are we?

14 Jul 16 - New Zealand’s electricity generation might not be as climate friendly as we think.

Three reasons to be cheerful about the 1.5deg target

14 Jul 16 - The recent streak of record-breaking temperatures has shown that climate change is not waiting for the world to take decisive action.

ETS REVIEW: Plenty are talking about agriculture

13 Jul 16 - The Government might have wanted agriculture kept out of the current review of the Emissions Trading Scheme, but that hasn’t stopped scores of people, ranging from Air New Zealand to the country’s...

Disturbing forests damages natural diversity

Citron-throated toucan

12 Jul 16 - By TIM RADFORD | It is not enough just to conserve forest. It may be just as important not to disturb any of it.

VW emissions scandal fuels corporate doubts

11 Jul 16 - Volkswagen has told the US Department of Justice that it will be paying nearly $15 billion in an effort to settle claims made by motorists in the US following the scandal over vehicle emissions.

Drying lands increase peat bog fire hazard

11 Jul 16 - Scientists in Canada have confirmed once again an unexpected hazard in the world of climate change: the subterranean fire.

Renewable jet fuel could be growing on gum trees

11 Jul 16 - Australia’s economy might have ridden on the sheep’s back, but the colonies’ first export was actually eucalyptus oil.

Reducing water pollution with microbes and wood chips

11 Jul 16 - New Zealand scientists have played an important part in international efforts to develop systems that clean water flowing from farm tile drains.

Fonterra signs on as biodiesel pioneer

8 Jul 16 - Dairy co-operative Fonterra has signed up as the first customer for Z Energy’s new biodiesel.


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