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New Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Labour in power sees carbon prices on the rise

Friday - Carbon prices are rising on the back of the new government, hitting their highest level in a year within an hour of the market opening today.

New leaders have serious climate job to do

Thursday - Whichever political party forms a government this afternoon has a critical job preparing New Zealand for the impacts of climate change and in getting the country’s emissions under control.

Emissions register ready to take on water trading

Wednesday - New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Register is ready to trade in other “environmental commodities” such as water.

Foreign credits bad call, warns ex-climate envoy

Dr Adrian Macey

16 Oct 17 - Spending up to $20 billion on buying foreign carbon credits will be a “severe imposition” on the economy and will delay New Zealand’s decarbonisation, warns our former climate ambassador.

Officials vow to step up work on climate change

Vicky Robertson

13 Oct 17 - New Zealand might not have an elected government just now, but officials are promising to step up on climate change.

MEMO MPs: The country needs a climate commission

12 Oct 17 - Politicians negotiating to form a new government have again been told that action on climate change is a priority for business and society.

NZ all talk on farm emissions, says UK climate chief

Lord Deben

12 Oct 17 - New Zealand is not playing the leading role in research into reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture that it says it is, says the head of the United Kingdom’s Climate Committee.


Why National should lead on climate commission

Lord Deben

11 Oct 17 - The National Party should support a climate commission, says a former Conservative British Cabinet minister.

Westpac backs climate commission and budget

Karen Silk

11 Oct 17 - Westpac supports New Zealand adopting a United Kingdom-style climate commission and budget setting.

FIRE FACT: Heat goes on the East Coast

10 Oct 17 - A large swathe of the East Coast will be at risk of fire for at least half of the year by the end of the century, a conference in Auckland has heard.

NZ cuts climate aid to Pacific, says report

6 Oct 17 - New Zealand is being accused of cutting climate finance to the Pacific.

Why we need a carbon price of $100 ... or more

5 Oct 17 - Carbon prices of $100 a tonne - and possibly as high as $225 – are being foreshadowed in a new report.

WATCHDOG WARNS: Act now or face 'great risk'

5 Oct 17 - New Zealand will be stuck with high-emitting technologies if it doesn’t move to cut emissions soon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is warning.

Plant pines on public land, says Bluegreens chief

Geoff Thompson

4 Oct 17 - The head of the National Party’s Bluegreens policy advisory group says pine trees should be planted on Department of Conservation land to offset New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Dairy group backs big climate change targets

3 Oct 17 - A dairy industry group supports carbon budgeting and the concept of a climate commission, and says New Zealand should be carbon neutral.

E-vehicles could lead to more use of fossil fuels

2 Oct 17 - New Zealand will have to use fossil fuel-generated electricity to charge electric cars if it’s not careful, Canterbury electricity distribution company Orion is warning.

E-vehicle policy lacking, say transport officials

28 Sep 17 - A second government department has said New Zealand’s current electric vehicle policy won’t get people out of fossil fuel-driven cars.

Carbon credits key to finding project capital

Bruc Scott

27 Sep 17 - Issuing carbon credits for schemes that cut greenhouse gas emissions could tip the balance in favour of projects like public transport, a consultant says.

Productivity probe has got it wrong, say lawyers

26 Sep 17 - The Productivity Commission is under-estimating the role the Resource Management Act can play in cutting New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Auckland District Law Society says.


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