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Schoolgirl sounds alarm as Pacific leaders scrap

Friday - Pacific Islanders’ fears of the effects of climate change which occupied their leaders for 12 tense hours at the South Pacific Forum overnight were passionately voiced in Auckland this morning by a young Pasifika woman.


Friday - Ten years ago, the world was being told that emissions reduction commitments made under the Kyoto Protocol by rich countries were insufficient to stop the worst impacts of climate change.

Burp-free cow food almost ready for market

Thursday - A seaweed that can cut livestock methane emissions is almost ready for commercial production, scientists say.

Government said no to official methane advice

Thursday - The Government went beyond officials’ advice in proposing cuts in methane emissions of up to 47 per cent, briefing papers show.


Thursday - Ten years ago, talks seeking bipartisan support for the Emissions Trading Scheme were breaking down over the National Party’s desire to keep agricultural out of the scheme.

Todd Corporation sees big future for natural gas

Wednesday - The country’s largest private energy company says gas should continue to play a large part in New Zealand’s energy mix - and that climate action shouldn’t come at the expense of economy or living standards.


Wednesday - Ten years ago, the Australian Senate voted down Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s climate-change packages. Nevertheless, New Zealand’s climate minister, Nick Smith, was still hoping to see trans-Tasman emissions trading.

Big Four's free credits top $1 billion mark

Tuesday - Four companies have been given a total of more than $1 billion worth of free carbon credits in the latest round of subsidies under the Emissions Trading Scheme.

New world means new look at GM, say experts

Tuesday - New Zealand needs to reconsider gene-editing technology in light of climate change, says the co-chair of a Royal Society expert panel on the issue.

Trainspotters fear heritage business will run out of steam

Tuesday - Worried about how New Zealand’s zero-carbon drive will affect your activities? Spare a thought for the country’s steam locomotive enthusiasts facing a world without coal.


Tuesday - Ten years ago, a forestry expert was saying New Zealand could meet the Government’s conditional goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020 – but it would have to get cracking on...

Cash for credits could cause taxpayer headache

Monday - Money instead of carbon credits was used to offset half the greenhouse gas emissions liable under the Emissions Trading Scheme last year - creating a potential financial liability for taxpayers.

Changing climate now farmers' biggest worry

Monday - Climate change is now the single greatest issue on farmers’ minds, according to the latest Farm Confidence Survey.


Monday - Ten years ago, New Zealand was proposing to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020 if other countries played ball.

Global report hurts farmers' emissions case

9 Aug 19 - Farmers fighting a push for substantial cuts in methane emissions have been dealt a blow by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

New waste action targets makers of goods

9 Aug 19 - Producers and users of electrical and electronic goods, farm chemicals and plastics, tyres, refrigerants and packaging could be about to become legally responsible for their disposal.


9 Aug 19 - Ten years ago, New Zealanders wanted greenhouse gas emissions cut by at least 20 per cent by 2020.

Beware of freeloaders, warns Enviro-Mark chief

Dr Ann Smith

8 Aug 19 - Without regulations requiring all businesses to cut greenhouse gas emissions, some New Zealand companies will freeload off the efforts of others, the country’s leading emissions auditor is warning.

Firms celebrate reduced carbon footprints

8 Aug 19 - A print shop, a company supplying uniforms, a skincare product manufacturer, a district council and a health board have taken the top prizes in the Enviro-Mark Solutions Awards announced in Auckland...

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