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Hunt for oil anchors Govt's environment plan

Tuesday - The National Party is leading off its environmental package for its new term in power with plans to encourage more oil exploration – despite the burning of fossil fuels being the single biggest cause of climate change.

Good tyres tread lightly on the Earth

Tuesday - New Zealand could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 6000 tonnes a year by installing fuel-efficient tyres on the nation’s fleet of light vehicles.

New EU emissions goal pits green business against industry

Connie Hedegaard ... world is watching.

Tuesday - A European Union goal to cut greenhouse gases by 40 per cent by 2030 sets the pace for a global deal to tackle climate change, pitting heavy industry against green business.

Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens green trade deal

Tuesday - The Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens a green trade deal that could ultimately do more to reduce carbon emissions than international climate agreements such as the failed Kyoto Protocol.

Universities act to hit fossil fuel firms where it hurts

Tuesday - Glasgow recently became the first European university to join the rapidly expanding fossil-free divestment movement. Following hot on the heels of the Australian National University, Glasgow promised to move £18m of investment over the next 10 years.

Oil boom prompts US to push for crude exports

Tuesday - Oil and coal producers in the United States are planning to use mile-long tanker trains to transport vast quantities of fossil fuels to the coast through areas that environmental groups believe should be protected.

Chile's new tax could open carbon doors for NZ

Dr Suzi Kerr ... enormous opportunities.

20 Oct 14 - Chile’s new carbon tax potentially offers New Zealand an opportunity to offset some of its own agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, says economist Dr Suzi Kerr.


Rod Oram: Why I'm getting out of fossil fuels

Rod Oram ... doing his bit.

20 Oct 14 - Business commentator Rod Oram is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to sustainable investment.

Fracking boom could mean up to 12% more carbon emissions

20 Oct 14 - The consistent message from those who would seek to exploit shale gas is that it has three distinct advantages over existing forms of fossil fuel energy: it is cheap, it has a lower influence on...

Angry city draws a line in the (fracking) sand

20 Oct 14 - A college town in southern Minnesota is taking action against the frac-sand industry that's booming amid America's drilling revolution.

Greenpeace v Shell via Lego: The building blocks of a successful campaign

20 Oct 14 - October 9, 2014, was a big day in eco-activism: Lego announced that it would not renew a product-placement deal with Shell, following concerted pressure from Greenpeace as part of a campaign to ban...

A new agricultural economy is knocking on the door

Robert Wright ... leadership is needed.

20 Oct 14 - Europe should be pushing for the rapid expansion of its network of biorefineries, to produce European food, fuel and feed, as well as a range of other high-value products that replace fossil fuels,...

Problem seaweed could provide biofuel solution

20 Oct 14 - It has often been used as a farmland fertiliser, and in some communities it is eaten as a vegetable, but now researchers believe that seaweed could power our cars and heat our homes.

Solar chief: There’s no cost to solar energy, only savings

Lyndon Rive ... solar education the issue

20 Oct 14 - SolarCity Corp, the United States’ largest residential solar service provider, has a history of pushing the envelope.

Outlook palls for fossil fuel investment

20 Oct 14 - Warnings within the world of high finance are coming thick and fast that the increasingly urgent need to combat climate change means investors could lose heavily by sinking funds into coal, oil and...

Don’t get too excited, no one has cracked nuclear fusion yet

20 Oct 14 - Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin’s excitement in the media announcement last week that it could make small-scale nuclear fusion power a reality in the next decade has understandably generated

BUSINESS POSER: Are you creating value, or destroying it?

Clean water ... easy to access, at the moment.

13 Oct 14 - New Zealand is leading the world on integrated reporting.

'Business as usual' no way to run our rivers

Dr Bob Costanza ... trust needed.

13 Oct 14 - If, as delegates to the 17th International Rivers Symposium agreed, that river restoration is “the hottest topic on the planet” then the insistence by governments world-wide to ignore it is the issue.

Landcorp bio-generation scheme runs out of gas

13 Oct 14 - Landcorp's pulling of the plug on its BioGenCool manure-powered electricity generation ends the first, large-scale experiment in using milking shed cow dung to drive the milking shed itself.


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