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Environment officials quiet on new coal mines

Monday - The Ministry for the Environment has given the Government no advice on the climate implications of developing 13 new coal mines.

THE COUNT: Floods fail to excite party leaders

Monday - Climate change wasn’t on the lips of New Zealand’s political leaders last week, despite serious flooding in Canterbury and Otago and financial warnings from the world’s first professor of the economics of disasters.

Coastal home owners could pay huge price

Friday - Threats from climate change-induced sea-level rise and storms are not reflected in the market value of coastal New Zealand property, putting many people at risk of financial disaster.

Busy ministry delays work on emissions planning

Thursday - Planning to cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions in line with the country’s Paris Agreement commitments has been delayed because of the Ministry for the Environment’s heavy workload, confidential papers show.

Net-zero worthy target, says cross-party group

13 Jul 17 - The pan-political Globe climate group says cutting New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 is worth serious discussion.

Ministers eye ways to beat mines planning rules

12 Jul 17 - The Government has been looking at approving new coal mines by creating special economic zones bypassing usual planning rules, Forest & Bird says.

Young Greens come to the zero-carbon party

11 Jul 17 - Young Green Party supporters are joining young National and Labour in supporting the Zero Carbon Act.


CLIMATE COST: Disaster damage bill tops $150 million

10 Jul 17 - Climate-related disasters have cost New Zealand more than $150 million this year.

Young Kiwi voices lead the climate change chorus

7 Jul 17 - By publisher ADELIA HALLETT | Two political actions this week give us some hope that New Zealand might one day get the leadership it needs to survive and prosper in a carbon-constrained world.

Political uncertainty the enemy of carbon markets

4 Jul 17 - Lack of political certainty is damaging the effectiveness of carbon markets, says new research.

YOUNG NATS: Climate change bigger than politics

3 Jul 17 - The National Party’s youth arm supports legislation to make New Zealand carbon-neutral by 2050, saying climate change is “bigger than politics”.

THE COUNT: Who said what ... or not

3 Jul 17 - Climate change wasn’t on the agenda for public statements by any of our political leaders last week.

Minister in dark on coal climate question

27 Jun 17 - The Department of Conservation has not raised with its minister the climate implications of coal mining, despite being involved in a proposal to allow mining on conservation land on the Buller...

THE COUNT: How important is climate change to the politicians who would be PM?

26 Jun 17 - Carbon News is keeping count of the number of times political leaders talk in the lead-up to the September 23 general election about the biggest issue the world faces.

OECD (again) tells us to clean up our climate act

16 Jun 17 - New Zealand needs to set strong environmental limits and make polluters pay for the damage they do to the environment, the OECD says.

Do-something campaigners take the climate helm

16 Jun 17 - A climate declaration backed by at least some parts of the business community will be launched in New Zealand on Sunday.

Coastal litter goes under the spotlight

12 Jun 17 - The Government is spending $260,000 reviewing the extent of coastal litter problems.

We're disappointed, PM will tell Tillerson

6 Jun 17 - Prime Minister Bill English will raise the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement when he meets with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today.

CARBON CALL: Why we need sky-high prices

30 May 17 - Carbon prices need to a least quadruple by 2020 if the world is to avoid massive climate change, economists are warning.


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