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Is our target ambitious, or just spin?

Tuesday - Climate Change Minister Tim Groser is describing the new target as ambitious and a significant increase on the current target of five per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

Large parcel of NZUs for tender

Tuesday - Two hundred thousand – and potentially a million – spot NZUs have come to the market this morning.

PFSI consultation meeting today

Tuesday - Public meetings to discuss changes to the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative kick off in Northland today.

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

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

Australia can halve emissions by 2030, says new analysis

29 Jun 15 - Australia can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, according to analysis by ClimateWorks.

What the Pope said about the trouble we're in

Pope Francis ... we are not God.

22 Jun 15 - In a document remarkable for its sweep and its depth, Pope Francis last week unveiled his long-awaited encyclical on the environment, in essence calling on humanity to address a climate and environmental crisis that calls for urgent global action.

Desert farms could power flight with sunshine and seawater

What if jet fuel could be grown sustainably?

15 Jun 15 - The aviation industry is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011 aviation contributed around 3% of Australia’s emissions. Despite improvements in efficiency, global aviation emissions are expected to grow 70% by 2020 from 2005.


Leadership is what we need, say scientists

8 Jun 15 - New Zealand lacks the leadership to achieve the 40 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions it needs to make by 2030, the country’s top scientists are warning.

Drop free carbon credits, says environment chief

Dr Jan Wright ... economic opportunites.

8 Jun 15 - The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment wants the Government to stop giving free carbon credits to high-intensity trade-exposed emitters, who, she says, could still be paying for just 5...

Climate targets not a cost, says bioenergy bloc

8 Jun 15 - The Government should see its climate change targets as an opportunity for New Zealand business and the economy, not a cost, the BioEnergy Association says.

Bio-waste boon for natives on poor pine soils

8 Jun 15 - Bio-waste can be utilised on former pine plantations to generate big economic returns, new research shows.

Japan and Mongolia switch on to planting plan

8 Jun 15 - Panasonic’s international tree-planting project has hit Japan and China.

Coffee drinkers beware, your brew will change with the climate

Coffee is one of Africa’s major exports.

2 Jun 15 - We have known for some time that coffee is a climate-sensitive crop. Now we have the first global evidence that increasing minimum, or night-time, temperatures are having the hardest impact on your...

The skyscrapers of the future will be made of wood

Photo Credit: The 34-storey timber tower planned for Stockholm.

25 May 15 - By PETER WILSON.- Vancouver architect Michael Green was unequivocal at a conference at which I heard him speak a while ago: “We grow trees in British Columbia that are 35 storeys tall, so why do our...

Forest policy action pleases timber industry

Jo Goodhew ... policy revival.

18 May 15 - The Government appears to be putting in place the ingredients of a national forestry policy, an industry leader says.

Why the Government's forestry policies are not working

Megan Woods ... bullying tactics.

18 May 15 - Labour Party climate changes spokesperson MEGAN WOODS on why the Government’s forestry policies are failing:

A tale of two futures: Australia’s economy under climate change

18 May 15 - Economic modelling and its associated forecasts are always open to criticism, particularly when the results align with the predisposition of the modellers or their paymasters.

No green shoots for sustainability in this Budget

18 May 15 - Last week’s Australian Budget is very disappointing in the broad area of environmental protection.

At last, Government reveals cost of gases reduction

11 May 15 - The Government has revealed how much it thinks cutting greenhouse gases might cost the country.


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