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How corporations gave politicians permission to deny reality

Tuesday - Big companies donated to climate deniers in the US Congress—even while claiming to care about climate change. When those same lawmakers denied the results of the presidential election, the bill came due.

Questions over Samoa flood defence project

Monday - Flood walls in Samoa financed by the UN’s flagship climate fund are inadequate and could put people in danger, experts warn.

Proving that taking care of forest pays carbon dividends

18 Feb 21 - New Zealand’s vast native forests may yet help the country meet its emissions reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement.

Millions will die if world fails on climate promises

17 Feb 21 - Scientists have looked at conditions in just nine of the world’s 200 nations and found that − if the world keeps its Paris climate promises, of containing global heating to “well below” 2deg by 2100 − millions of lives could be saved.

Put talks online, says Gueterres.

9 Feb 21 - Critical negotiations to prepare for November’s Cop26 climate summit will need to take place virtually as the coronavirus pandemic is still not allowing in-person meetings and further delay is not an option, according to UN chief António Guterres.

NEWS FLASH: NZ will increase its Paris target

31 Jan 21 - New Zealand will increase its 2030 emissions reduction target, the Government has just announced.

EXPERTS: Australia must halve emissions by 2030

29 Jan 21 - Australia will effectively be abandoning the Paris agreement unless it makes at least a 50 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reaches net zero well before 2050, according to an analysis by policymakers and scientists.

US promises 'significant' investment in climate action

27 Jan 21 - The United States will “make good” on financial commitments to developing countries struggling with climate change, top US climate envoy John Kerry has told a summit of world leaders.

EDITORIAL: It's about to get real

26 Jan 21 - Welcome to 2021 – the year in which we will get our first hard look at the size of the job in front of us.

US return boosts chances of COP26 success

22 Jan 21 - The United States' return to the Paris Agreement is vital to the next round of negotiations, says former New Zealand climate ambassador Dr Adrian Macey.

Biden takes US back into Paris

22 Jan 21 - Joe Biden has moved to reinstate the US to the Paris climate agreement just hours after being sworn in as president, as his administration rolls out a cavalcade of executive orders aimed at tackling...

EDITORIAL: 202O - the year we got serious?

14 Dec 20 - Believe it or not, a 54 per cent rise in the price of NZUs this year does not make 2020 the year of the biggest gains.

Countries signal greater climate ambition but ‘step change’ needed on road to Glasgow

14 Dec 20 - As 2020 comes to a close, world leaders have sent a signal of their willingness to step up their climate ambition, at a virtual event celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement.

UN chief calls for more climate finance for poor nations as 2020 goal slips

14 Dec 20 - Rich nations are "lagging badly" on a longstanding pledge to channel $100 billion a year in funding, from 2020 onwards, to help poorer countries develop cleanly and adapt to the worsening impacts of...

NZ cheering from the sideline in Sprint to Glasgow

11 Dec 20 - Officials will represent New Zealand at this weekend’s Sprint to Glasgow event marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement.

Brazil sets ‘indicative’ goal of carbon neutrality by 2060

10 Dec 20 - Brazil has announced it will aim for carbon neutrality by 2060, sparking anger among campaigners who say the pledge is meaningless and a deliberate distraction from president Jair Bolsonaro’s...

Genesis says it will slash emissions

9 Dec 20 - The operator of the Huntly coal-and-gas-fired power station says it will cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.


9 Dec 20 - Today is the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement on climate change – an event being marked by the group Parents for Climate Aotearoa (formerly Millions of Mothers) with a lunchtime toy picnic at...

Parisversaire party to revive momentum on climate

9 Dec 20 - At the end of year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, world leaders are expected to revive momentum for climate action with fresh commitments to bring the goals of the Paris Agreement closer.

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