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ICC prosecutor wants court to try 'environmental crimes'

8 Feb 24 - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor told AFP that he wants the tribunal to start trying suspects for "environmental crimes" without having to modify its founding statutes.

EU free trade agreement with “ambitious” climate commitments a step closer

2 Feb 24 - New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement with the European Union, which carries sanctions if one of the parties doesn’t meet climate commitments, is a step closer. However the country’s climate targets seem to be moving further out of reach.

IPCC: Govts split on ‘accelerated’ climate reports for next UN global stocktake

25 Jan 24 - Governments have decided against adopting a new structure for the next IPCC assessment cycle, committing instead to the traditional set of three “working group” reports and just one “special” report.

Junk offset sellers push to enter new UN carbon market

23 Jan 24 - Renewable energy schemes make up four-fifths of Kyoto-era projects hoping to keep selling offsets under Article 6, sparking concerns over the credibility of the new market.

COP28 president says his firm will keep investing in oil

18 Dec 23 - Sultan Al Jaber says Adnoc has to meet demand for fossil fuels, and hails ‘unprecedented’ Cop deal.

COP28 “frustrating” but some significant breakthroughs - experts

15 Dec 23 - Small island states facing the existential threat of climate change were particularly effective negotiators at the latest UN climate summit, according to a Kiwi expert.

NZ government swimming against the tide of history: Oil Change International

15 Dec 23 - Oil Change International campaign manager David Tong says the COP28 call to move away from fossil fuels shows the New Zealand government is trying to swim against the tide of history.

Watts tells COP28 NZ is committed to "ambitious" NDC

11 Dec 23 - In his first major speech on climate change since becoming the minister, Simon Watts re-stated New Zealand’s commitment to meeting our “ambitious” Nationally Determined Contribution.

Kiwi nature-based solution at COP28

11 Dec 23 - A nature-based climate solution to strategically restore and enhance 2.1 million hectares of Indigenous forest across Aotearoa over the next decade took the stage at the UN’s global climate summit...

Climate minister confirms commitment to international climate targets

8 Dec 23 - Climate Change minister Simon Watts confirmed New Zealand’s commitment to the Paris Agreement ahead of flying to Dubai for the annual United Nations climate summit.

University sends delegation to UN climate talks

8 Dec 23 - The University of Canterbury has sent its first delegation to a UN Conference of the Parties (COP).

Govt under pressure to show 'coherent' climate policy after failing to sign renewables pledge

5 Dec 23 - New Zealand was one of only a few developed countries that didn’t sign a renewables pledge at the international climate summit in Dubai over the weekend. The country is now under “significant...

NZ signs sustainable agriculture declaration

5 Dec 23 - New Zealand was one of 134 countries at Dubai’s COP28 UN climate summit to sign the COP28 “UAE declaration on sustainable agriculture, resilient food systems and climate action”.

Scrutiny on global voluntary carbon market and changes to ETS led to Toitū dropping NZUs

1 Dec 23 - By Ann Smith | OPINION: Toitū’s decision last week to transition away from accepting New Zealand carbon credits brought the global voluntary carbon market, and debates about its integrity, into...

COP28 climate conference kicks off today

30 Nov 23 - Climate change ministers old and new will represent New Zealand at the UN’s largest ever climate conference, which starts today.

Incoming govt might face $24 billion climate bill

28 Nov 23 - By Liz Kivi | The new government has a major task ahead to deliver on the country’s international obligations for emissions reductions, with implications for international trade if targets aren’t met.

Climate Change Commission in the dock

22 Nov 23 - The Climate Change Commission is back in court defending its advice, with a case brought by Lawyers for Climate Action (LCANZI) starting in the Court of Appeal yesterday.

COP28: Loss-and-damage fund set to disappoint poor countries

17 Nov 23 - A year on from the breakthrough on climate-change funding, poor countries eye disappointment at the Dubai summit.

Countries’ emissions plans put the world ‘wildly off track’ to contain global heating, UN assessment shows

15 Nov 23 - The UN has found that even if countries enact all of their current climate pledges, planet-heating pollution in 2030 will still be 9% higher than it was in 2010.

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