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Billion Trees land approaches 50,000 hectares

Friday - The Government says it is close to securing 50,000 hectares of land for new forests under its Billion Trees programme.

Raise cap or pay the price, warns ETS pioneer

Catherine Leining

Thursday - Taxpayers could get a hefty carbon bill if the Government doesn’t urgently lift the carbon price cap, a gathering of Emissions Trading Scheme experts has heard.

Climate change and storms our greatest threats

Wednesday - Climate change and related impacts like intense storms are now the greatest threats the world faces.

Neoliberalism not way, says environment report

Monday - Neoliberalism is failing to protect New Zealand’s environment, warns a new paper on the future of environmental law.

Emitters can keep stashed free carbon credits

9 Feb 18 - Trade-exposed heavy emitters sitting on free NZUs from taxpayers will be able to keep using them - even if they did contribute to New Zealand’s embarrassing “dodgy credits” incident.

FAIL MARK: Environmentally, NZ has got it wrong

8 Feb 18 - New Zealand is one of the worst countries in the world when it comes to exceeding planetary boundaries, new research shows.

Government wants drive for more electric vehicles

7 Feb 18 - The new government wants more electric vehicles on the road – but it’s not yet saying how many.


Maori landowners oppose delay in ETS changes

2 Feb 18 - Changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme are needed now, not at the end of next year, if the Government wants Maori land owners to plant carbon-sequestering forests, says a specialist in climate...

'It’s good to hear a government finally talking sense'

Chris Karamea Insley

2 Feb 18 - What kind of reception is climate minister James Shaw likely to be getting from the Iwi Leaders Group as they meet at Waitangi today?

Poll shows we're divided over carbon-neutral aim

1 Feb 18 - The country is split over the Government’s plans to make New Zealand carbon neutral – despite most New Zealanders now realising it is the world’s biggest problem.

Landowners keep credits under Billion Trees plan

31 Jan 18 - Landowners will keep the carbon credits and liability under proposed new production forestry joint ventures with the Government as part of its One Billion Trees programme.

How Shaw intends to massively change our lives

30 Jan 18 - Climate minister James Shaw has outlined economic changes on the scale of those brought in by Michael Joseph Savage in 1935 and Roger Douglas in 1984.

Doughnut economics? What Shaw's on about

30 Jan 18 - When British economist Kate Raworth wanted to show where she saw economics going, she picked up a pencil and drew two circles, one inside the other.

Climate change is the country's biggest worry

26 Jan 18 - Two-thirds of New Zealanders rank climate change as the single biggest issue the world faces, new research suggests.

We'll do better than emissions target, says Shaw

25 Jan 18 - The new government will not officially increase the country's 2020 emissions reduction target.

Shaw puts ETS on ice until end of next year

23 Jan 18 - Any further changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme – including getting rid of free credits to heavy emitters and changing forestry rules – will not be made until the end of next year, the Government...

Revealed: the cost of climate change

15 Dec 17 - Lack of government leadership means New Zealand business, society, infrastructure and the land itself are exposed to billions of dollars worth of potential damage from the impacts of climate change,...

Are we getting it right, questions emissions expert

14 Dec 17 - New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions from farming could have fallen by 20 per cent on 1990 levels if the efficiency gains of the past 25 years hadn’t been used to boost production.

This time, climate officials hope for a bit more action

Paula Bennett

13 Dec 17 - In late 2015, officials gave new climate minister Paula Bennett as list of five things they thought should be done over the next two years.


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