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Farms could be the backbone of Aotearoa’s renewable energy future

Friday - If each of New Zealand’s 50,000 farms installed a midsize solar array they would generate about two-thirds of the country’s current electricity needs.

Concern over job losses at Scion

Friday - Foresters are “deeply apprehensive” over potential redundancies of scientists at Scion, with a proposed 30 jobs losses - about 10% the forestry crown research institute’s workforce.

Media round-up

Friday - In our weekly round-up of the best climate coverage in local media: How denser housing can be greener too; carbon credits might need to be cut as NZ Steel's efficient furnace comes online; and the prime minister tips a 'robust response' to climate change in the upcoming budget.

Jury out on how ETS consultation will impact carbon market

Thursday - The government’s latest consultation on Emissions Trading Scheme settings will be difficult for the market to translate into clear positive or negative signals - with uncertainty remaining around forestry, according to an expert.

Infrastructure Commission finds some progress on climate - but road-building won’t solve congestion

Thursday - By Liz Kivi | The coalition government has reaffirmed its focus on roads just days after a major report from the Infrastructure Commission said we can’t build our way out of congestion.

ETS consultation suggests lower prices for NZUs

Wednesday - A new consultation document from the Ministry for the Environment suggests lowering the auction floor price for the Emissions Trading Scheme, as well as lowering the trigger price for the cost containment reserve.

Aotearoa gives $17 million for PNG renewable energy

Wednesday - A $17 million contribution to a renewable energy project on the Island of Bougainville is part of a $44.9 million package announced by foreign minister Winston Peter in Port Moresby earlier this week.

Govt seizes possible energy shortfall as PR opportunity?

Tuesday - Last week was a remarkable one for the energy sector. It started with the government seizing on the latest gas data to set up a committee to ensure gas supply was maintained for “critical users”.

NZ must avoid environmental mistakes of the past: new book

Tuesday - A new book about the Environmental Defence Society is full of salient lessons for today, including why the government’s proposed Fast-track Approvals Bill shouldn’t override environmental...

Study highlights agreement on climate adaptation

Tuesday - Scientists have looked over all the submissions to the National Adaptation Plan, finding the common ground among differing interest groups like businesses, environmental organisations, and iwi.

Court of Appeal rejects student climate change case

13 May 24 - The Court of Appeal last week dismissed an appeal by Victoria University students that sought a judicial review of the minister of energy and resources' decision to grant petroleum exploration...

Retiring diesel buses early would cut total emissions

13 May 24 - In terms of total emissions, it’s far better to take diesel buses off the road and replace them with electric buses, a Waka Kotahi study has found.

Cross-party inquiry to develop climate adaptation framework

10 May 24 - Climate change minister Simon Watts has announced a cross-party inquiry to develop an enduring framework to prepare and adapt for the effects of climate change.

Enough fiddling: The ETS needs to be allowed to do its job

10 May 24 - By Andrew Cushen | OPINION: While it isn’t perfect, the Emissions Trading Scheme is the only tool in our climate response that is working at the scale we need to meet the challenge in front of us....

Media round-up

10 May 24 - In our weekly round-up of climate coverage in local media: The ‘bolshie' teen activist who isn't backing down; an obscure climate accounting decision with billion dollar consequences; and is the...

Budget will support low-emissions economy: Willis

9 May 24 - Finance minister Nicola Willis says this year's Budget will include investing in infrastructure to support a low emissions economy.

Major conference for Pacific experts on Indigenous knowledge and climate crisis

9 May 24 - More than 60 Pacific experts are at a conference looking at the intersection between Indigenous knowledge and the climate crisis, hosted by the University of Canterbury.

East coast residents might destroy forests if land use changes don’t go far enough

8 May 24 - Tairāwhiti residents are furious that pine plantation owners are pushing back against rule changes to protect catchments from the impacts of harvest slash and sediment, and are calling for a...

How the fast-track law could expose future NZ governments to expensive trade disputes

8 May 24 - By Jane Kelsey - The Conversation | Resources Minister Shane Jones has reportedly asked officials for advice on whether oil and gas companies could be offered “bonds” as compensation if drilling...

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Carbon pricing works: major meta-study

Friday - Media release | Carbon pricing systems achieve between 5% and 21% emission...

Fast-track applicant to pay $216,000 for failed mine bid

Thursday - Media release | A mining company that lobbied Resources Minister Shane Jones...

AgriZeroNZ invests $9.9M in US company in race for ‘holy grail’ methane vaccine

13 May 24 - Media release | AgriZeroNZ, the joint venture fast-tracking emissions reduction...

Boost energy efficiency to slash coal imports and high power bills – it’s a no brainer

10 May 24 - Media release | Energy efficiency is an obvious way to fix New Zealand’s...

Climate now a housing issue: research reveals a whopping 90% want flood info when buying

9 May 24 - Media release | New nationwide research from insurers AMI, State and NZI...

Low gas production threatens energy security

8 May 24 - Media release | Simeon Brown, Minister for Energy, and Shane Jones, Minister...

Midwives vital part of the solution to climate challenges

6 May 24 - Media release| Midwives may not be the first profession you think of when it...

Air New Zealand announces changes to Sustainability Advisory Panel

2 May 24 - Media release | Former Green Party co-leader and minister for climate change,...

Contract awarded to recloak Coronet Forest

1 May 24 - Media release | The contract to deliver an aspirational vision to “recloak”...

Updated standard paves the way for introducing biomethane into existing gas pipeline network

30 Apr 24 - Media release: Gas NZ | The recent updating of the standard for reticulated...

Tzay is right to raise human rights concerns about carbon markets

29 Apr 24 - Media release | Amnesty International’s Advisor on Indigenous Rights, Chris...

Ipsos Earth Day Report 2024 - NZ Edition

23 Apr 24 - Media release | Ipsos, one of the world’s leading market research companies,...

AgriZeroNZ investment in Biolumic to shine light on low emissions pasture solution

19 Apr 24 - Media release | AgriZeroNZ, the joint venture fast-tracking emissions reduction...

Agriculture needs innovation to stay open for business

18 Apr 24 - Media release | The agricultural sector is facing a crisis, with forecasts for...

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