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Government eyes land-use changes to cut emissions

Wednesday - The Government is looking at changing some current land uses – including forestry and farming – to cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Govt could end up in court over energy plan, warns campaigner

Tuesday - The Government risks court action over its latest energy efficiency strategy, says energy campaigner Jeanette Fitzsimons.

How your life could change without fossil fuels

17 Feb 17 - Here is a vision of the future in a warming world without fossil fuels:

EDITORIAL: Numbers show the game is up

13 Feb 17 - By editor ADELIA HALLETT | Try these numbers: Humans are causing the climate to change at 170 times the natural rate. Our “carbon budget” to keep warming below 1.5deg will be used up in five years. New Zealand’s per person emissions work out to 18 tonnes a year each – nine times higher than the global allowance.

Forest bonds seen as way for long-term green investment

10 Feb 17 - A world-leading environmental impact bond scheme could channel substantial private investment into planting vast areas of native and exotic forests in New Zealand.

Relying on foreign credits dangerous, say officials

9 Feb 17 - New Zealand cannot rely on international carbon credits to meet its emissions reductions targets after 2030, officials have told the Government, warning that credits could be expensive and in short supply.

Small-scale hydro makes a big difference

1 Feb 17 - It’s hard to appreciate the difference electricity makes to your life, unless you’ve ever had to live entirely without it.


Can we learn to leave our wild forests alone?

27 Jan 17 - Here is how to turn a forest into a carbon-consuming machine that will help to contain global warming. Leave it alone. Let it grow. Do not log it.

Why do the ecosystems we depend on collapse?

26 Jan 17 - People collapse, buildings collapse, economies collapse and even entire human civilizations collapse. Collapse is also common in the natural world – animal populations and ecosystems collapse.

POWER CUTS: Our electricity is producing fewer emissions

25 Jan 17 - The emissions intensity of New Zealand’s electricity dropped to almost record lows at the end of last year.

New emissions reduction plan business as usual

15 Dec 16 - The Government’s plan to cut the emissions intensity from industrial heat generation by 1 per cent a year is just business as usual, and will do little to achieve New Zealand’s Paris Agreement...

The stuff we've put on Earth weighs 30 trillion tonnes

15 Dec 16 - Scientists have calculated the mass of that unnatural achievement called the “technosphere”, demonstrating the scale of human activity that drives climate change.

Govt targets industrial sector in new energy strategy

13 Dec 16 - The Government has unveiled plans to cut the emissions intensity of the country’s industrial sector by 1 per cent a year.

Unhealthy forests affect distant ecosystems

12 Dec 16 - Ecologists have demonstrated, once again, the global importance of healthy forests.

Sort out bioenergy, industry tells Government

8 Dec 16 - The ditching of plans for a large geothermally driven wood-processing plant in Northland shows why the Government must sort out New Zealand’s bioenergy plan, the industry says.

Healthy soils could start at the dairy shed

8 Dec 16 - Bio-waste from places like dairy sheds can be used to transform degraded soils into top-producing land, research is showing.

Pay farmers to fix environment, say scientists

7 Dec 16 - Up-front payments of $400 a kilogram to cut nitrogen run-off from farms would see dairy farms turned into forests, Government-funded research shows.

CLIMATE CALL: Waterway plantings worth billions

6 Dec 16 - New Zealand will be billions of dollars a year better off if it plants trees along waterways.

Cement develops an appetite for C02

5 Dec 16 - Three new studies illuminate the sheer complexity of the aspect of climate science known as the carbon cycle − how carbon dioxide gets into the atmosphere and out again.


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