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Farming’s dirty needs have a deadly effect

Friday - Farming is a dirty business – so dirty now that, according to new research, air pollution from agriculture in the form of fine particles of lung-choking dust outweighs all other human sources of that kind of pollution.

NATS' 19%: Bennett blames population growth

Paula Bennett

Thursday - New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions have gone up 19 per cent under the National Government – and Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett is blaming population growth.

CARBON CRISIS: Our emissions up a whopping 56%

Monday - New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions – the amount it actually contributes to damaging the climate – rose a whopping 56.7 per cent over 24 years in which it was supposed to be cutting emissions, new Government data shows.

BLOWIN' IN THE WIND: China's desertification dust is even reaching our shores

19 May 16 - Dust and sand storms in China have intensified and now pose provocative geopolitical challenges. Traces of China’s deserts have been found as far away as New Zealand and the French Alps.

Forest carbon storage risky, warns thinktank

Sir Alan Mark

12 May 16 - Storing carbon in forests is risky and should be used to meet no more than a fifth of New Zealand’s emissions reductions, says a group of prominent scientists and other New Zealanders.

Will taxpayers foot the bill for broke coal companies?

12 May 16 - Coal’s share of the US energy market is rapidly plunging. Low-cost fracking-generated natural gas has overtaken the use of coal at America’s power plants.

Big names line up for Green Ribbon Awards

11 May 16 - The national airline, both major supermarket companies, one of the world’s largest technology companies, and a company that makes flexible pipes are among the finalists in the Government’s Green Ribbon Awards.


Wary forest investors watch climbing carbon price

Peter Weir

6 May 16 - Gun-shy forest investors are watching with interest as carbon creeps up to the magic $15 mark, but they’ll need at least another $3 a tonne to make up for the political risk of investing in carbon...

Enviro scorecard shows Australia again in decline

6 May 16 - After some unusually wet years, Australia's landscape and ecosystems have once again returned to poorer conditions that were last experienced during the Millennium Drought.

CREDITS CRUNCH: We'll need millions of international units

5 May 16 - New Zealand is likely to need up to 220 million international credits to meet its 2030 emissions reduction target because even a domestic carbon price of $300 a tonne is unlikely to drive enough...

At last, Government to reveal plan for electric cars

Simon Bridges

4 May 16 - The Government will unveil its electric vehicle policy tomorrow.

... and this is what the country expects to see

4 May 16 - Higher carbon prices and clear government policy are two of the measures needed to get New Zealanders to switch to electric cars, the Royal Society says.

Cut the kindling, Huntly could run on wood

4 May 16 - Converting the Huntly coal-fired power station to run on wood is technically feasible, but expensive.

Run carbon prices like the dollar, says academic

Euan Mason

2 May 16 - Carbon prices should be managed like the Reserve Bank manages the value of the New Zealand dollar, a submission on the Emissions Trading Scheme is recommending.

Officials eye pile of ETS submissions

2 May 16 - Government officials are today working their way through a large stack of submissions on the technical aspects of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Why cities need to add up the economic value of trees

2 May 16 - Your parents were wrong: money does grow on trees. Cities routinely rake in tens of millions of dollars from their urban forests annually in ways that are not always obvious.

Scientists see the future in natural resources

2 May 16 - From creating transparent wood for solar panels or windows to turning carbon dioxide and plant waste into plastic bottles, scientists are finding ingenious ways to sidestep fossil fuels.

Deadline nears for Stage 2 of ETS review

29 Apr 16 - Submissions on the second stage of the Emissions Trading Scheme review close tomorrow.

Purse strings now open for forest planting

28 Apr 16 - Applications for the second round of the Government’s Afforestation Grants Scheme are open.


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