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RMA could ease path of climate-change work

Wednesday - Climate-saving projects could get an easier run under the Resource Management Act, says a Government-commissioned panel of experts.

Farm protest march misleading, say foresters

Wednesday - Forestry bodies say the organisers of a protest in Wellington tomorrow over the planting of forests on farmland are misleading the public.

Mercury gives green light to country's biggest windfarm

Wednesday - Mercury is going ahead with plans to build the country’s largest windfarm.


Wednesday - Ten years ago, a select committee was deadlocked over proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Minister questions forest conversion claims

Damien O'Connor

Tuesday - The Government denies large areas of productive farmland are being converted to forestry as the country tries to offset its greenhouse gas emissions.

'Catastrophic' bushfires sound alarm bells in NZ

Tuesday - Experts planning for increased fire risk in New Zealand as the planet warms are looking across the Tasman in alarm at “catastrophic” fire conditions.


Tuesday - Ten years ago, emerging carbon markets were being likened to the sub-prime mortgage market that led to the Global Financial Crisis.

Should we be tougher on carbon risk disclosure?

Monday - The Government is asking the public whether companies should be forced to disclose their carbon and climate risk.

New party backs emissions pricing

Vernon Tava

Monday - A new environment-based political party supports emissions pricing, wants the Climate Change Commission to set the methane reduction target, and says it would be reluctant to get rid of a ban on new...


Monday - Ten years ago, energy companies Meridian and Contact were saying that a switch to electric vehicles would be worth $8.2 billion to the economy over 50 years.


Monday - Last week’s passing of the zero-carbon act doesn’t mean an end to climate-change-related rallies in Wellington.

That's the act done ... now on with the changes

James Shaw

Friday - The zero carbon act is law; bring on reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Upton wants more bite for environment reporting

Simon Upton

Friday - The Government should have to at least respond to official reports on the state of New Zealand’s environment and climate, says the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.


Friday - Ten years ago, the United States was giving up hope of negotiating a new global agreement in Copenhagen in late 2009.

MPs rubbish call on overseas emissions

David Seymour

7 Nov 19 - Parliament has roundly rejected an attempt to get overseas emission reductions given the same weight as New Zealand projects under new climate legislation.

Parker opens green door with Costa Rica

David Parker

7 Nov 19 - Trade and environment minister David Parker has met with his counterpart from Costa Rica in China this week as the two countries move towards a climate trade agreement.

Industry sees process heat alternatives

7 Nov 19 - New research shows how everything from wood to ultraviolet light and ultrasound can replace fossil-fuel-intensive heat sources in industrial processes.

Mission Methane will be run from our very own space base

7 Nov 19 - The Government is paying $26m for a ringside seat to an international space mission helping to tackle climate change.


7 Nov 19 - Ten years ago, EMA Northern chief executive Alastair Thompson was telling the Government to focus less on the politics of climate change and more on helping businesses to cut emissions.

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