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NZ government to consult on Paris emissions target

by Gareth May 8, 2015

Climate change minister Tim Groser announced yesterday that the government is to consult on a post-2020 emissions target to present at the UNFCC conference in Paris in December. The consultation process is open to written submissions now, and there will be a series of public meetings and hui starting in Nelson on Wed May 13, […]

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NZ’s emissions target scam – Groser & Co’s creative accounting exposed

by Mr February April 20, 2015

Simon Johnson (aka MrFebruary) looks at how climate change minister Tim Groser and the National-led government intend to use creative carbon accounting to ensure that New Zealand meets its 2020 climate change target (a five percent reduction) in spite of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) projected to increase to 2020 and beyond. On 10 April […]

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NZ hikes terrorism threat to “low”, ignores Pentagon warning of “immediate” threat from climate change

by cindy October 20, 2014

So, the threat of a terrorist attack on New Zealand is upon us has risen from “very low” to “low” — second to lowest in a ranking that has six levels. Cabinet is now urgently reviewing our security laws to make sure we’re equipped to deal with this horrific new threat. The media has dedicated […]

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Something old, something blue, something borrowed, not much new: Labour’s climate policy

by Mr February September 11, 2014

Mr February (aka Simon Johnson) looks at the Labour Party’s climate change policy and concludes it’s not exactly innovative. As I was saying in my previous post Labour do have a seven page climate change policy that is at first look pretty comprehensive. Labour will begin the transition to a low carbon clean energy economy […]

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Hot Air: the sorry tale of climate policy in New Zealand

by Gareth July 23, 2014

This guest post is by Alister Barry, producer and co-director of the new documentary Hot Air, which will be premiered in Wellington next week. Hot Air is screening in the New Zealand International Film Festival around the country over the next month. Hot Air is a story of compromise, broken promises and corporate pressure, of […]

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TDB Today: Put a proper price on carbon

by Gareth June 5, 2014

The Green Party’s shift to a carbon tax as their preferred measure to to bring down carbon emissions opens up some interesting possibilities, as I discuss in my Daily Blog post this week: Put a proper price on carbon or we’ll pay a proper price. As long as governments have a completely free hand, and […]

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NZ Greens launch new climate policy: replace ETS with carbon tax and dividend

by Gareth June 2, 2014

The NZ Emissions Trading Scheme has failed and should be replaced by a carbon tax, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman told the party’s annual conference yesterday [NZ Herald, Stuff]. Outlining the Green’s new Climate Protection Plan (pdf) Norman told delegates that the government’s mismanagement had “hollowed out and weakened [the ETS] to the point of […]

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TDB Today: Generation Zero’s Clean Energy campaign

by Gareth May 7, 2014

My post at The Daily Blog this week ignores all the political kerfuffle surrounding milk-stained cabinet ministers taking holidays from twitter, and focusses on a new report from non-partisan young climate activist group Generation Zero: A Challenge To Our Leaders – Why New Zealand needs a Clean Energy Plan. It’s an impressive piece of work, […]

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Why NZ’s Emissions Trading Scheme is failing and how we could fix it

by Euan Mason December 19, 2013

This guest post by Professor Euan Mason of the University of Canterbury’s School of Forestry first appeared at his Photosynthesis blog. His analysis of the NZ and global position, and assessment of the potential forestry response is so interesting that I asked his permission to repost it here. New Zealand’s initial attempt to mitigate the […]

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NZ government climate policy: look, a squirrel!

by Gareth December 16, 2013

Two major new government reports on New Zealand’s emissions projections and the expected impacts of four degrees of warming on NZ agriculture were released without fanfare last Friday — the timing clearly designed to minimise media fallout from reports that highlight the paucity and ineffectiveness of current climate policy settings. Climate change minister Tim Groser […]

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