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Sir Geoffrey Palmer ... defective law.

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

Monday - 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

Monday - 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.

Monday - 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?

Monday - 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.

Monday - 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

Monday - 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

Monday - 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 idle power stations.


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...

Geoengineering might work in a rational world … but we don’t live in one

16 Feb 15 - The publication of a hefty two-volume report on geoengineering by the US National Research Council represents a marked shift in the global debate over how to respond to global warming.

Yes, we can live well and avoid climate disaster, says report

9 Feb 15 - The world can enjoy higher standards of living and more travel, while drastically cutting emissions to avoid dangerous climate change – but only with sweeping changes to our infrastructure, the...

Gas will replace oil in the UK – with or without fracking

9 Feb 15 - MPs in the UK recently needed more time voted against a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, but Lancashire, the local county council under most pressure, agreed it

Can Americans save the environment and expand oil drilling?

9 Feb 15 - In a few months, we will mark the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Trading will be back, say Australian businesses

Frank Jotzo ... heavy pressure.

2 Feb 15 - Most Australian businesses believe the country will return to an emissions trading scheme or a carbon tax by 2020.

Carbon pricing the challenge for the future

2 Feb 15 - The concept of carbon pricing as a tool to combat climate change is broadly accepted by the international community. But at what price, and under what conditions?

Welcome to 2015 where fracking changes everything

Fracking sites in North Carolina.

2 Feb 15 - Forget, for the moment, whether you think fracking is an energy godsend or an endtimes disaster. Just consider how it’s everywhere.

Fracking and local jobs … a false promise

Andrew Cuomo ... surprise decision.

2 Feb 15 - In a surprise decision that led to consternation in the oil and gas industry and elation among fracking opponents, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in December banned fracking in the state.

Yes minister, but ...

Greg Hunt ... missing the point.

2 Feb 15 - In a piece published in the Guardian recently, Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt was purported to have once again rejected claims that a price on carbon would benefit emissions reduction...

Sustainability experts take to the stage

2 Feb 15 - Waikato University experts on sustainability will come together later this month.


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