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NET-ZERO REPORT: We can do more, says bioenergy industry

Friday - A cross-party report on how New Zealand can get to net-zero emissions in the second half of the century ignores some immediate opportunities, the Bioenergy Association says.

Govt MPs vote down 'good idea' sustainability bill

Thursday - A bill to include sustainability measures in public finance reporting has been voted down – despite Government MPs saying they supported the sentiment.

Grassland lab raises the alarm on species loss

Thursday - Scientists in California who turned a patch of natural grassland into a laboratory have established a subtle link between flowering times and the mix of species in an ecosystem – indicating that global warming could change planetary biology and disrupt ecosystems in hitherto unsuspected ways.

Minister hints at cross-party work on climate change

Wednesday - New Zealand has received the strongest indication yet of cross-party agreement on climate change, with climate minister and deputy prime minister Paula Bennett saying she can work with a new far-reaching report on how the country can be carbon-neutral.

US budget aims broadside at climate change

Wednesday - If anything, it’s worse than expected: sweeping cutbacks to environmental programmes; an abandonment of efforts aimed at cleaning up air and water pollution around the US; and, most worrying for the world in general, an end to multimillion-dollar funding for satellite launches and other science projects aimed at tackling climate change.

Environment reports cast eye over NZ efforts

Monday - Two major environmental reports and a new sustainability law are on the agenda this week.

Humans cause up to 70% of sea-ice loss

Monday - Scientists have calculated that at least 30 per cent and perhaps one half of the decline in Arctic summer sea ice could be attributed to natural causes – changes of ocean and atmospheric circulation that happen according to some long-term cycle.


China takes fresh approach to pollution

17 Mar 17 - China’s air pollution makes many of its towns and cities almost intolerable for their inhabitants. A 2015 report put the numbers killed daily by foul air at 4000 to 5000.

There's nothing like a healthy diet to beat climate change

16 Mar 17 - Scientists have worked out how to combat climate change and improve human health, one mouthful at a time.

Biofuels mix could see end of chemtrails in the sky

16 Mar 17 - Mixing biofuels into aviation gas cuts chemtrails, new research shows.

Climate reporting is honest ... and that's a fact

16 Mar 17 - The theory of human-induced climate change is based on the honest reporting of facts, says a new study into publication bias.

Private capital must play big part in climate adaptation

14 Mar 17 - Governments will need private capital to deal with the multi-billion-dollar challenges of adapting to climate change, says a report out today.

Costs of coastal climate damage set to climb

14 Mar 17 - By 2030, sea level rise driven by global warming could be costing the Netherlands city of Rotterdam $US240 million a year.

Scientists track down travelling droughts

14 Mar 17 - The biggest and worst droughts might not stay fixed in one place but can travel thousands of kilometres from their origin, according to a new study.

Baring Head records show CO2 on the rise

10 Mar 17 - Atmospheric carbon dioxide in the Southern Hemisphere continues to rise, with testing at Wellington’s Baring Head now consistently recording around 401 parts per million.

Forests still key to mitigating climate change

10 Mar 17 - Researchers have reminded the world’s governments that forests will play a vital role in mitigating the effects of climate change – provided policies are robustly pursued and reported with...

The Opportunities Party wants us carbon neutral by 2050

9 Mar 17 - Pressure is mounting for New Zealand to make deep emissions cuts by the second half of the century, despite the country’s official target being to only halve emissions by 2050.

Climate change climbs the party ranks

8 Mar 17 - Climate change has made it to the top echelons of New Zealand’s two major political parties.

Australia's angry summer rewrites the record books

8 Mar 17 - Australians endured another intense summer, with more than 200 record-breaking extreme weather events driven by climate change, a new Climate Council report says.


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