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Minister happy with dairying emissions progress

20 Apr 15 - The dairy industry is making progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Government says.

We could be heading for a multi-billion-dollar carbon hangover

Professor Ralph Sims ... rugby, big cars and beer.

13 Apr 15 - New Zealand’s “rugby, big cars and beer” culture could leave the country with an annual carbon hangover edging into the billions of dollars.

NZ hangs back as countries commit to carbon cuts

7 Apr 15 - Russia did it. The United States did it. All the countries in the European Union have done it, as have Mexico, Norway, Switzerland and Latvia. Even oil-and-mineral-exporting Gabon, population 1.3 million, did it.

How the US’s post-2020 climate target could fit into a global deal

7 Apr 15 - The United States' formal submission this week of its intended post 2020 climate target raises several questions for this year’s global climate talks.

Beehive breaking our climate change pledge

9 Mar 15 - Latest figures show that New Zealand is not planting enough trees to meet its climate change pledges, and a carbon forestry expert says that the Government is to blame.

ETS nothing but 'words, fishhooks and traps,' says Palmer

Sir Geoffrey Palmer ... defective law.

23 Feb 15 - New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme legislation is so full of “words, fishhooks and traps” that giving sound legal advice on it to businesses is almost impossible, says one of our leading legal minds.

New Zealand’s defective law on climate change, by Sir Geoffrey Palmer

23 Feb 15 - Distinguished law fellow Sir Geoffrey Palmer, QC, has been at or near the heart of our attempts to tackled climate change for nearly three decades.


Shell chief calls for climate action, but what are the motives?

Ben van Beurden ... balanced debate.

23 Feb 15 - Shell chief Ben van Beurden is pointing the way for oil companies to demand greater certainty over future climate policy.

Carbon prices hit two-year high

27 Jan 15 - New Zealand carbon is at its highest price in more than two years.

Australia's emissions targets are heading in the wrong direction

22 Dec 14 - Australia’s emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases are going up and up – and are set to rise by more than 50% over 1990 levels by 2020, according to new research.

Climate expert: It's all smoke and mirrors, Mr Groser

Professor Ralph Sims ... minister is wrong.

15 Dec 14 - New Zealand is using smoke and mirrors to meet its 2020 emissions reduction target, when it could get there by using clean heating and transport technologies, says one of our leading scientists.

Climate talks off on the rocky road to Paris

15 Dec 14 - A deal struck in Lima between 196 nations today leaves open the possibility of saving the planet from dangerous overheating. But its critics say the prospects of success are now slim.

We're facing a $3b carbon crisis ... and it could be worse

8 Dec 14 - New Zealand has a $3 billion carbon headache looming – and Treasury says that’s the conservative estimate.

Govt hopes Kyoto credits will cover emissions blow-out

1 Dec 14 - The Government will use international Kyoto credits received in what’s known as the KP1 true-up to cover its emissions blow-out.

Lima climate talks ‘stepping stone’ for universal treaty

1 Dec 14 - A new round of talks in Lima is an opportunity to raise immediate awareness on climate change and lay the foundation for a new universal agreement to be adopted in 2015, says a top UN official.

Election rout blow to US climate change role

Republican rise ... firmly in control.

10 Nov 14 - The role of the United States in confronting the global climate crisis has been cast into serious doubt after an election that stacked the deck in Congress in favor of fossil fuel industries.

What the politicians said ...

Tim Groser ... playing our part.

3 Nov 14 - All three of New Zealand's major political parties say that the IPCC's latest call on climate change is important.

Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens green trade deal

28 Oct 14 - 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.

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.


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