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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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TDB today: no clue, no plan, no future

by Gareth October 30, 2013

There’s a huge gap between the emissions reductions the New Zealand government says it wants to achieve, and what its current emissions trading scheme settings will deliver, according to modelling by the Ministry for the Environment. In this week’s post at The Daily Blog — No Clue, No Plan, No Future — I examine the […]

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New Zealand’s double dealing and special pleading over the second Kyoto period: part the second

by Mr February December 22, 2012

Is Tim Groser a Kyoto pariah? Or a Kyoto visonary? A global emissions reduction emissary or is he tar-sanded with a Canadian brush? I once more try to make sense of New Zealand’s double dealing and special pleading over the Kyoto Protocol second commitment period and the Doha hooha. This time with the aid of […]

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New Zealand’s double dealing and special pleading over Kyoto 2: part the first

by Mr February December 20, 2012

Is Tim Groser a Kyoto pariah? Or a Kyoto visonary? A global emissions reduction emissary or is he tar-sanded with a Canadian brush? I try to make sense of New Zealand’s double dealing and special pleading over the Kyoto Protocol second commitment period and the Doha climate change talks hooha. I am very confused about […]

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NZ’s climate policy omnishambles – gerry brownlee’s anti-carbon tax

by Mr February December 19, 2012

Gerry Brownlee, formerly a minister of energy and fossil fuel, and currently the Minister for Transport and for bulldozing democracy, heritage and social order in Christchurch, today announced that petrol duty will be increasing by 3 cents a litre annually for the next 3 years to fund new roads. Specifically mentioned are the Rangiriri and […]

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The Doha Gateway: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair

by cindy December 11, 2012
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Tim Groser shuts the stable door after the Mickey Mouse carbon credits have bolted

by Mr February November 28, 2012

This week the Ministry for the Environment is consulting and seeking submissions on a proposal to ban some of the more ‘Mickey Mouse’ international carbon credits from the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. Apparently this is because Climate Change Minister Tim Groser “wants to maintain the integrity of the ETS” (New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme). […]

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Norwegian Wood (this exporter has flown)

by Mr February November 14, 2012

Norwegian wood and newsprint transnational Norske Skog Tasman (NZ) Ltd ‘exports itself’. Simon Johnson aka Mr February looks at the flight of another manufacturer and CO2 emitter and exporter as it lays off staff and reduces production. Wasn’t the very generous free allocation of units in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme meant to keep […]

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Don’t worry Kyoto (National’s Only Looking Out For Its Friends)

by Gareth November 12, 2012

The New Zealand government has announced that the country will not join the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (CP2), but will instead make voluntary commitments within the Kyoto framework [Herald, NBR]. Climate change minister Tim Groser presented this move as: …aligning [NZ's] climate change efforts with developed and developing countries which collectively are […]

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