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Emissions need multi-pronged action, says EDS

Thursday - The Emissions Trading Scheme alone will not drive the level of land-use change New Zealand will need to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, a new report says.

Plastic waste our prime worry, survey shows

Wednesday - New Zealanders are capable of making the society-wide changes needed to tackle climate change – but at the moment they’re more focused on getting rid of plastic waste.

Mâori want say in planting of marginal land

Tuesday - PLANS TO TURN farms on steep country into forests could see the Government run foul of Mâori economic development plans.

Methane should be carbon neutral, says Niwa

11 Feb 19 - The Government’s top climate research organisation says New Zealand’s methane emissions from agriculture should be carbon-neutral.

NZ tumbles down climate-action rankings

8 Feb 19 - New Zealand has fallen down the international rankings for action on climate change.

Ardern will go all out for low-carbon economy

8 Feb 19 - Transitioning to a low-carbon economy is at the top of the Government’s budget priorities this year.

Industrial power challenges ETS deal for farmers

7 Feb 19 - A Labour-New Zealand First coalition agreement clause that guarantees farmers they will not pay as much as other sectors for their greenhouse gas emissions – if anything at all - is being challenged by one of our biggest industrial companies.

China is the big fish, says European ETS expert

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5 Feb 19 - Linkages between emissions trading scheme in Europe and New Zealand are on the agenda – but it’s China that Europe is really interested in.

How NZ could offer a home to hydrogen

4 Feb 19 - Carbon prices of $300 to $400 a tonne could make hydrogen viable in New Zealand for electricity generation, a new report says.

Coastal councils face billions in sea damage

31 Jan 19 - Billions of dollars worth of council-owned infrastructure is at risk from rising seas, says a new Local Government New Zealand report.

Govt must show the way, says planning chief

30 Jan 19 - The head of the Planning Institute says the Government needs to step up and show the way for communities to plan for the impacts of climate change.

Hands off carbon price this year, says Contact

30 Jan 19 - Contact Energy is one of the companies which opposed the Government lifting the $25 carbon price cap this year.

Maori landowners back use of older forests

29 Jan 19 - Iwi involved in the Treelords settlement are backing calls for extra carbon stored in old and indigenous forests be recognised.

Don't ignore pre-1990 trees, foresters urge

25 Jan 19 - The Emissions Trading Scheme should be used to encourage more carbon storage in old forests, the forestry industry is telling the Government.

ETS proposals won't cut it, says carbon forester

24 Jan 19 - Proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme alone will not trigger the forestry planting levels New Zealand needs to cut emissions – agriculture must be brought into the scheme, says one of the...

Muller keeps Nats' climate job

23 Jan 19 - The National Party’s climate portfolio remains in the hands of Todd Muller, who kicked off the year with a row over whether his party is ambitious or a climate laggard.

Govt explains why $25 cap should stay for now

21 Dec 18 - The Government says the current cap on the price of carbon needs to stay in place while the Emissions Trading Scheme is reviewed.

NZ commits to zero-emissions transport

19 Dec 18 - New Zealand has joined countries committed to a zero-emissions transport system.

2020 target set to start HFCs phase-out

17 Dec 18 - New Zealand will start phasing out the use of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons from 2020.

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