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Proposed RMA changes to boost coal mining met with incredulity

Today 11:45am - By Jeremy Rose | Resources minister Shane Jones’ announcement of changes to the Resource Management Act to facilitate more coal mining have been met with incredulity by climate change activists.

Treasury looks at framework to assess economic impacts of climate change

Today 11:45am - The Treasury has published new analysis on climate change and the economy.

Seabed miners chastised over fast-track letter

Today 11:45am - Two would-be seabed miners have been chastised for overstating the implications of letters from the government concerning fast-track consent applications.

Cuts to science and environment funding will hinder NZ’s climate response - scientists

Monday - By Liz Kivi | New Zealander of the Year Jim Salinger says government cuts to science funding will put Aotearoa even further behind other countries in terms of economic well-being and tackling climate change.

Unions Wellington launches campaign to stop airport sale

Monday - The Wellington branch of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions is opposing Wellington City Council’s proposal to sell its 34% share in Wellington Airport.

Commission’s advice ‘not gospel’ - Willis

Friday - The finance minister and associate Climate Change minister told a business gathering that the Climate Change Commission is not “a deity” and its Emissions Trading Scheme advice was “not gospel”.

Emissions down slightly for December 2023 quarter - but gross annual emissions up slightly for the year

Friday - Seasonally adjusted greenhouse gas emissions for industry and households went down 0.5% in the December 2023 quarter, according to the latest figures released from Stats NZ.


Govt votes down Bill of Rights change drafted by climate lawyers

Thursday - The government has voted down legislation that would add the right to a sustainable environment to the Bill of Rights Act.

Lack of policy direction to blame for low carbon price?

Thursday - The carbon price continued its post-auction slump, with weak demand seeing the secondary market trading well below the auction floor.

Additional $18 million to reduce agricultural emissions

10 Apr 24 - The government and businesses are committing an additional $18 million to a public-private joint venture to reduce agricultural emissions.

When will the NZ ETS surplus reach zero? Revisiting the implications of forestry forecasts

10 Apr 24 - By Kristen Green | Different methods of forestry forecasting can lead to very different conclusions about the drawdown rates needed for surplus carbon units under the Emissions Trading Scheme - and...

DOC faces tough decisions about funding

10 Apr 24 - A select committee review of the Department of Conservation has outlined the problems it faces and the tough decisions ahead about funding operations.

Net zero emissions target may need strengthening: Climate Change Commission

9 Apr 24 - By Jeremy Rose | New Zealand’s current Net Zero 2050 emissions reduction target may need to be strengthened, the Climate Change Commission says in a discussion document released yesterday.

Commission rejects basis for review of methane targets - but methane vaccines could be good news for ag sector

9 Apr 24 - The Climate Change Commission has rejected the basis of a new, separate review of Aotearoa’s methane target in its advice released yesterday.

NZ needs to electrify faster - gentailers

9 Apr 24 - MPs have agreed with concerns that if New Zealand does move faster to electrify the economy there will be consequences - including the cost of not meeting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Govt review of methane targets controversial with experts

8 Apr 24 - The government’s plan for an independent review of agricultural methane targets consistent with no additional warming represents “dangerous thinking” according to an expert.

BYD warned road user charges would collapse EV market

8 Apr 24 - BYD – the manufacturer of one of New Zealand’s bestselling EVs – warned a select committee hearing submissions on the introduction of road user charges for electric vehicles that the way it was being...

Tens of thousands expected at today’s climate strikes

5 Apr 24 - Climate strike organisers are hoping today’s nationwide event will be their biggest yet, with tens of thousands of people expected to take to the streets.

Waste reduction advocates slam plastic recycling feasibility study

5 Apr 24 - Supporters of a new collaboration between businesses and government say a feasibility study into a local recycling industry is the first step towards a circular economy for soft plastic packaging.


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Scrapping Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary a ‘huge blow’ for marine protection

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Legal activists double down on greenwashing claims against Z Energy

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New record for NZ’s costliest weather events

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Govt announcements make this a bad week for the climate

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Hundreds of marae exposed to natural hazards

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Native snails heading for extinction

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