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China ramps up the rhetoric on climate change

Monday - By KEIRAN COOKE.- Zheng Guogang, head of the China Meteorological Administration, says future variations in climate are likely to reduce crop yields and damage the environment.

Powerful wind blows through US energy sector

23 Mar 15 - By KIERAN COOKE.- The wind turbines are turning across America, and a major report by the US Department of Energy says the wind energy sector now supplies 4.5 per cent of the nation’s electricity.

Why is pumping CO2 underground stuck in second gear?

16 Mar 15 - There are many uncertainties with respect to global climate change, but there is one thing about which I have no doubts: we will not solve climate change by running out of fossil fuels.

Anthropocene began with species exchange between Old and New Worlds

16 Mar 15 - Time is divided by geologists according to marked shifts in the Earth’s state. Human activity has clearly altered the land surface, oceans and atmosphere, and re-ordered life on Earth. This suggests that the planet has entered a new human-dominated geological epoch, called the Anthropocene.

World needs early warning of climate-linked disasters

16 Mar 15 - A senior French political leader has told an international conference on how to reduce the risk from natural disasters that 70 per cent of them are now linked to climate change, twice as many as 20 years ago.

Whatever happened to the great European fracking boom?

16 Mar 15 - The European shale gas boom has not materialised in the way that some were predicting.

Sellers few and far between

10 Mar 15 - NZUs traded up to $6.20 on $70k yesterday as some emitters started to step into the market and mop up small sellers. OMFinancial reports:


Biobattery breakthrough boosts waste-to-energy revolution

9 Mar 15 - Competition to make biofuels out of waste products that would otherwise have to be dumped is creating a fast-growing, worldwide industry.

Let's cut emissions, not worry about how

2 Mar 15 - Australia had an emissions trading scheme with a fixed price; it was one good way to encourage carbon cuts throughout the economy.

Business leaders cast wary eye over latest EU plans

Sandrine Dixson-Declève ... others must follow.

2 Mar 15 - International business leaders say that the success of new climate and energy plans for Europe hang on how effectively they are implemented.

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...

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.

Help our green businesses, pleads academic

Juliet Roper ... too expensive.

23 Feb 15 - New Zealand businesses want the Government to step up to protect the country’s 100% Pure brand.

Jobs v environment: the debate Queensland can end

Annastacia Palaszczuk ... can she deliver?

23 Feb 15 - Queensland has a new Labor minority government, led by Annastacia Palaszczuk, after the shock defeat of the Liberal National Party.

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.

Climate impacts on European farmers’ yields per field

23 Feb 15 - Farmers in Europe have already begun to feel the pinch of climate change as yields of wheat since 1989 have fallen by 2.5 per cent and barley by 3.8 per cent on average across the whole continent.

Energy Union targets renewables subsidies, boosts idle coal plants

23 Feb 15 - The European Commission’s overhaul of the EU electricity market will target national public support for renewables, while encouraging governments to pay energy companies in other member states for...

Politicians sign cross-party climate change pact

Andrew Little ... we need a broker.

16 Feb 15 - British politicians have signed a ground-breaking agreement on climate change.

Energy-efficiency rules fail US academic's test

Arik Levinson ... energy failings.

16 Feb 15 - Energy efficiency rules in California have failed to cut energy consumption, suggesting that direct action is less effective than carbon pricing in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a visiting...


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