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Ministers dismiss scrutiny week complaints they are "waging war on nature"

Tuesday - Ministers’ messages as they faced scrutiny in Parliament last week were consistent – they believed the Government was restoring balance and the need for belt-tightening.

Govt cans controversial forestry ETS charges for this year

17 Jun 24 - Foresters have welcomed the government’s announcement that it is cancelling forestry ETS annual services charges for 2023-24.

Climate minister’s speech hijacked by protestors

12 Jun 24 - Climate change minister Simon Watts was shouted down by young protestors at a conference yesterday and left without delivering his prepared speech.

‘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 methane emissions.

New govt mining strategy slammed by environmentalists and opposition

24 May 24 - Resources Minister Shane Jones has launched a draft strategy for the minerals sector which allows mining on conservation land and aims to double the sector’s export value to $2 billion.

Environment commissioner calls for separate ETS for methane

23 May 24 - The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has again called for forestry to be phased out of the Emissions Trading Scheme and is calling for a separate ETS for methane.

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.

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 released today reveals that climate concerns have grown to the point that 86% of people would now consider climate risk when...

NZ to cooperate with Philippines on international climate target, pledges $41 million climate finance to Southeast Asia

23 Apr 24 - By Liz Kivi | New Zealand has made its first tentative step towards forging an international agreement to meet its United Nations climate target by buying offshore offsetting.

Banks need to actively manage climate-related risks: Reserve Bank

23 Apr 24 - Too little climate action taken too late will cut banks’ profits, but won’t threaten bank solvency or financial stability, according to the latest Reserve Bank modelling.

Climate crisis will reduce NZ economy by up to 10% according to international study

19 Apr 24 - Climate change is projected to reduce the global economy by 19% by 2049, and New Zealand will be among the countries feeling the pinch.

NZ agrees to cooperate on carbon markets with Singapore and Thailand

18 Apr 24 - New Zealand has signed separate partnership agreements with Singapore and Thailand, saying the countries will work together on carbon markets as one of several green economy measures.

Proposed RMA changes to boost coal mining met with incredulity

16 Apr 24 - 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.

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

12 Apr 24 - 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

11 Apr 24 - The government has voted down legislation that would add the right to a sustainable environment to the Bill of Rights Act.

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.

New record for NZ’s costliest weather events

20 Mar 24 - Media release | A leading global professional services firm, has published its 2024 Climate and Catastrophe Insights Report, shedding light on global natural disaster and climate trends.

Emissions down overall - but we're still burning too much oil

19 Mar 24 - By Robert McLachlan | OPINION: New Zealand is making progress on meeting its renewable electricity targets but failing to come close to what’s required when it comes to decarbonising transport.

Historic data reveals unprecedented heatwaves

13 Mar 24 - Media release - A thermometer dipped in a bucket of sea water on New Year’s Day in 1967 began a unique record which shows the dramatic intensification of warming in the Hauraki Gulf.

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