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New Zealander joins UN-backed climate target organisation

Today 10:45am - A Kiwi carbon management expert is joining the world’s top corporate climate-target verifier, the London-based Science Based Targets initiative, as one of five members of its newly formed independent validation council.

Media round-up

Today 10:45am - In our weekly round-up of the climate coverage in local media: Uncertainty abounds in the ETS; a major Atlantic current collapsing could disrupt NZ’s climate again; and is the government focussing on drilling or climate ambition – it can’t be both.

Wealthy Kiwis driving up transport emissions

Thursday - Cashed-up Kiwis are pumping out more than their fair share of transport emissions, driving more frequently and over longer distances, according to new research.

Govt restoring legal requirement to promote mining

Thursday - The government’s proposed reform of the Crown Minerals Act goes further than just repealing the 2018 ban on new petroleum exploration outside onshore Taranaki.

Hottest June temperature ever

Thursday - The mercury hit a high on Monday, setting a new national temperature record of 25.7C for June.

Expert slams govt delay in pricing agricultural emissions

Wednesday - The coalition government has reaffirmed greenhouse gases from agriculture won’t be covered in the Emissions Trading Scheme and Cabinet is disestablishing primary sector climate action partnership He Waka Eke Noa.

Climate minister’s speech hijacked by protestors

Wednesday - Climate change minister Simon Watts was shouted down by young protestors at a conference yesterday and left without delivering his prepared speech.

Govt 'not even pretending to try' to reduce transport emissions: former MOT chief science advisor

Tuesday - By Liz Kivi | The former chief science advisor for the Ministry of Transport says the current government isn’t even pretending to try to reduce carbon emissions from transport.

Climate announcements coming to Fieldays?

Tuesday - Farmers and the wider agricultural sector gathering at Fieldays this week make the event a likely venue for rolling out environment and climate change policy.

Govt to reverse oil and gas exploration ban

Monday - Removing a ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki is part of a suite of proposed changes to deal with the energy security challenges caused by declining fossil gas reserves, according...

Climate activists force conference to move online

Monday - A planned blockade by climate activists has forced organisers to cancel in-person elements of the Energy Resources Taranaki Forum, scheduled to take place on June 12.

ComCom’s draft decision on lines and transmission networks

Monday - The Commerce Commission’s draft decision approved large increases in regulated revenue for Transpower and lines companies due to cost increases and other pressures.

‘No additional warming’ for methane target - but relative to when, asks expert?

7 Jun 24 - Advocates of the government’s methane review will probably be disappointed to learn that aligning the target with “no additional warming” might not give farmers the green light to relax about their...

Media round-up

7 Jun 24 - In our weekly round-up of the best climate coverage in local media: Does Shane Jones’ pro-mining culture war risk destroying the industry he loves? agrivoltaics could offer the 'best of both worlds'...

Carbon price up 20%

6 Jun 24 - The NZU price has jumped more than 20%, up from about $45 early last week, last fixing at $56 on the Commtrade platform this morning.

Tiwai deal could lead to multi-billion dollar govt carbon pollution subsidy

5 Jun 24 - Rio Tinto could get close to a million free carbon credits each year under its new electricity supply deal for Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter - a government subsidy that could amount to a possible $2...

Right to Repair Bill could cut hundreds of thousands of tonnes of emissions

4 Jun 24 - A Right to Repair member's bill currently before Parliament could slash more than 200,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over 15 years based on European research.

Flaws in NZ ETS make international news

4 Jun 24 - Problems with the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme are making headlines globally.

Budget prioritises adaptation over emissions reductions

31 May 24 - The government is prioritising stop banks and floodwalls over initiatives to reduce emissions, with the $1.2bn Regional Infrastructure Fund to focus on climate resilience efforts, while hundreds of...

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NZ to invest $20 million in renewable energy project for Niue

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Humanity must extract seven to nine billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere every year

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National’s climate cuts will take us backwards

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Tiwai smelter to stay open in 20-year deal

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Huge gap between net zero and real zero: analysis

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New programme offers planet-friendly guidance for NZ’s not-for-profits

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Hutt City Council announces low carbon acceleration fund recipients

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Climate Change Commission chair to retire

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