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Turning point: Al Gore’s new hope

by Bryan Walker June 22, 2014

Al Gore has written an impressive long article in Rolling Stone magazine. I read it with gratitude and wanted to recommend it to others. It’s a highly readable text packed with rich detail which reflects the wide spectrum across which Gore operates and the considerable intelligence which informs his thinking. It deserves wide readership. The […]

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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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Citibanker: the age of renewables is here

by Bryan Walker April 17, 2014

Kathryn Ryan’s interview earlier this week with Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at the giant investment bank Citigroup was arresting. He was in New Zealand as a keynote speaker at the Wind Energy Conference and Ryan asked him about a recent report from Citi, Energy Darwinism: The Evolution […]

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Generation Zero’s NZ speaking tour asks: What’s the holdup?

by Gareth July 19, 2013

Youth-led climate campaigners Generation Zero have just finished the first week of their nationwide What’s The Holdup? speaking tour1 — an attempt to start a national conversation about action to reduce emissions. Here’s what the group has to say about the tour: In between extreme weather and rising oil prices, countries around the world are […]

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TDB today: Smelt a rat

by Gareth April 3, 2013

In my column for The Daily Blog this week, I dig into the tangled relationship between New Zealand’s electricity system, a multinational mining company, and the New Zealand government, and argue that radical reform of the electricity market would be beneficial for the country: If Rio Tinto Alcan pull the plug on Tiwai Point, a […]

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The Climate Show #33: Salinger, carbon carnage and recursive fury

by Gareth February 8, 2013

In this week’s news-packed edition of The Climate Show we have an exclusive interview with Jim Salinger, probably New Zealand’s highest profile climate scientist, talking about extremes and the shape of things to come. John Cook discusses his new paper with Stephan Lewandowsky, Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on […]

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Grand final: Sustainable Energy NZ #16 – counting up the dollars and sense

by Oliver Bruce November 19, 2012

Welcome to the sixteenth and final post in the Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air – A New Zealand Perspective series. To recap, we started with a bit of energy accounting and worked out that Kiwi’s use around 88 kWh/d/p (methodology for what the kWh/d/p means is here), and that of this, about 33kWh/d/p came from […]

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Sustainable Energy NZ #15: Keeping it lean and mean – a summary of energy use.

by Oliver Bruce November 13, 2012

Welcome to the fiftheenth post in the Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air – A New Zealand Perspective series. After our previous posts on hydro power, geothermal and wind (and a summary on the big three), solar, biofuels, marine and waste energy, we’re now attempting to answer the question: How can we achieve a BIG reduction in our personal and national energy consumption? Remember, as before, the […]

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Sustainable Energy NZ #14 – how much energy hides in food and ‘stuff’

by Oliver Bruce November 8, 2012

Welcome to the fourteenth post in the Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air – A New Zealand Perspective series. After our previous posts on hydro power, geothermal and wind (and a summary on the big three), solar, biofuels, marine and waste energy, we’re now looking at answering the question: How can we achieve a BIG reduction in our personal and national energy consumption? Remember, as before, the units are […]

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Sustainable Energy NZ #11: How can we make road transport more efficient?

by Oliver Bruce November 5, 2012

Welcome to the eleventh post in the Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air – A New Zealand Perspective series. After our previous posts on hydro power, geothermal and wind (and a summary on the big three), solar, biofuels, marine and waste energy, we’re now looking at answering the question: How can we achieve a BIG reduction in our personal and national energy consumption? We covered […]

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