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Why our monetary system suits Zero Carbon Act

Monday - New Zealand’s monetary policy system is a good model for the Zero Carbon Act, says the country’s stock exchange.

$840 MILLION: What climate change has cost us

11 Oct 18 - Climate change has cost New Zealand at least $840 million over the past decade – prompting warnings at a business conference that adaptation to now-unavoidable impacts could cost more than cutting emissions.

Why 6 per cent a year should get the job done

10 Oct 18 - Cutting global emissions by 6 per cent a year should keep warming to no more than 1.5deg, one of New Zealand’s top mathematicians has calculated.

NEW NATS: We're getting the climate message

Scott Simpson

10 Oct 18 - The National Party says it’s going through a “metamorphosis” on climate change – and it appears to include accepting that the way New Zealand uses its land is going to change.

Government backs cuts to reach 1.5deg

9 Oct 18 - The Government backs emissions cuts in line with keeping global warming to no more than 1.5deg, and says negotiations with the National Party for cross-party agreement on climate policy are going well.

Minerals sector puts case for use of public land

Chris Baker

9 Oct 18 - Many of the minerals required for the low-carbon economy are on public conservation land in New Zealand, the minerals sector says.

Unions put case for place in low-carbon economy

5 Oct 18 - Unions will put the Government on notice today over what they think a “just transition” to a low-carbon economy actually means.

Public backs Govt's long-term climate strategy

4 Oct 18 - The Government’s plans to lock climate policy into long-term legislation – and to include all methane – has overwhelming public support.

ETS farming delay could be costly, says EY

2 Oct 18 - Postponing bringing agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme risks exposing New Zealand’s economy to a shock, says one of the world’s largest accounting firms.

Multilateralism is the key, PM tells world

1 Oct 18 - The world must return to multilateralism if it is to combat climate change, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Ministry likes look of targeted green taxes

26 Sep 18 - The Ministry for the Environment says it likes environmental taxes – especially for dealing with climate change and water problems.


25 Sep 18 - Officials want the door left open for a future government to allow oil and gas exploration again.


25 Sep 18 - Pacific people have a right to keep their maritime zones – even if their islands are gone, New Zealand has told the United Nations.

Farmers say no to environmental taxes

24 Sep 18 - Farmers are overwhelmingly opposed to environmental taxes – unless the revenue comes to them.

Getting rid of free credits worth $2b, says TWG

21 Sep 18 - Ditching free carbon credits for trade-exposed heavy emitters could generate $2.1 billion a year in revenue, the Tax Working Group says.

Why all new buildings should be carbon-neutral

Nathan Surendran

20 Sep 18 - Requiring all new buildings to be carbon-neutral is the most cost-effective emissions-reduction action New Zealand can take, the Government is being told.

New maps will settle forest-planting posers

19 Sep 18 - The thorny question of whether land is eligible for carbon forests could soon be solved – with a map.

Officials wobble under Govt's climate assault

18 Sep 18 - The Government’s heavy climate-change work programme is putting pressure on officials, confidential papers show.

WISE WORDS: Where ProdCom report is wrong

17 Sep 18 - The Productivity Commission has got it wrong, say some of our wisest people.

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