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Extremes report 2013: NZ drought and record Aussie heat made worse by warming

by Gareth October 1, 2014

The latest climate extremes report finds that 9 out of 16 extreme weather events from last year were influenced by climate change. In particular, the conditions that led to New Zealand’s severe North Island drought — the worst for 41 years, estimated to have cost the economy NZ$1.3 billion — were made more likely by […]

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Where do we go but nowhere?

by Gareth September 26, 2014

New Zealand’s general election is over. The National Party has won itself another three years in government. With a probable overall majority and the support of three fringe MPs, prime minister John Key and his cabinet will be able to do more or less what they like. Given the government’s performance on climate matters over […]

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Things you can do about global warming now we have a new do-nothing government (same as the old one)

by Gareth September 22, 2014

Australia’s brilliant First Dog On The Moon on climate action (courtesy of The Tree), deemed by me to be relevant in the aftermath of an election that has delivered New Zealand another three years of National-led government, and therefore little prospect of serious action on climate matters. I’ll have a slightly less amusing reaction to […]

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Memo to Labour: Calling fossil fuels “transition fuels” doesn’t make the carbon go away

by Mr February September 9, 2014

The New Zealand Labour Party announced their climate change policy on 24 August; the Sunday before last Sunday. At first glance, it sounds refreshingly like a policy that takes anthropogenic global warming seriously. From the announcement: A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish […]

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New Zealand’s Southern Alps have lost a third of their ice

by Gareth July 29, 2014

This article by Jim Salinger, University of Auckland; Blair Fitzharris, University of Otago, and Trevor Chinn, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, was first published at The Conversation. The photo at left shows the calving face of the Tasman Glacier in Dec 2013. A third of the permanent snow and ice of New Zealand’s […]

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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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Generation Zero issues Big Ask to leaders

by therealpaulyoung July 10, 2014

This guest post is by Paul Young of Generation Zero. Last Thursday Generation Zero released our new report, The Big Ask. This was the follow-up to our earlier report A Challenge to Our Leaders, released in May. While we’re calling it the Big Ask, it shouldn’t actually be a big deal. All we’re really asking for […]

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TDB Today: Getting out the climate vote

by Gareth July 2, 2014

In this week’s article at The Daily Blog — Getting Out The Climate Vote — I take a look at the first batch of responses to the Climate Voter question of the week: President Obama calls climate change one of the most significant challenges we face, requiring urgent action by all governments. Do you agree?. […]

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Record winter warmth in NZ: June 2014 breaks 140 year record

by Gareth July 1, 2014

Hot off the press — or to be precise, Jim Salinger’s laptop: June 2014 was the warmest June in New Zealand since 1870, 2ºC above the 1971-2000 average, as measured by the long term “seven stations series” originally devised by Salinger and maintained by NIWA. On the larger 24 station series the month tied with […]

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Climate Voter: new campaign to put climate on NZ election agenda

by Gareth June 24, 2014

A non-partisan campaign to put action on climate change at the centre of the coming election campaign was launched at the weekend (NZ Herald, RNZ). Climate Voter, a joint initiative by Forest & Bird, Generation Zero, 350 Aoteoroa, Greenpeace, Oxfam and WWF, is using social media to drive the campaign, and will host a debate […]

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