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CCC bill points to cost of carbon-free economy

Tuesday - The bureaucratic costs of shifting to a carbon-free economy are starting to be felt.

Low warming goal vital to our primary production

Monday - New research with serious implications for New Zealand’s primary production-based economy and the country’s rare and endangered species says global warming needs to be kept below 1.5deg.

NZ to stand by Pacific climate change victims

Friday - New Zealand is softening its stance on climate refugees.

Green Investment Fund eyes start this year

Friday - Climate minister James Shaw’s Green Investment Fund will be in business by the end of the year, he says.

BUDGET 2018: Green is good

Thursday - There are no changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme, but the promised Green Investment Fund is being backed with $100 million of taxpayer dollars in a budget being described as the greenest in history.

Tax system must go green, says enviro group

Thursday - Another organisation is telling the Government to shift the tax burden from the production of private wealth to the consumption of public wealth, aka the environment.

Climate change threatens our food and health

15 May 18 - Whether it is food shortages, diseases like dengue fever or respiratory conditions caused by wind-blown Australian dust, climate change is a serious health threat for New Zealanders, the Government is being told.

Use taxes for a better world, says thinktank

14 May 18 - Taxes should be aiming at keeping human activity within the planet’s physical capacity – and that means carbon prices that deliver fast, deep and sustained emissions reductions, the Government’s Tax...

Fonterra front and centre of dairy industry review

9 May 18 - The Government’s overhaul of the climate-damaging dairy industry is under way.

Kiwis question cow numbers and need for more farms

9 May 18 - Roughly half of the country thinks New Zealand has too many cows and nearly as many want a moratorium on new dairy conversions, a poll suggests.

Tax system should have role in environment

8 May 18 - The tax system should protect the environment, the Tax Working Party has been told.

TALANOA TIME: Talks hear climate tales

7 May 18 - It’s Talanoa Dialogue day in Bonn – and New Zealand is suggesting the world take a look at Maori concepts of stewardship as a way of battling climate change.

Parker's new-look RMA might include climate

3 May 18 - New Zealand's resource management regime is to be overhauled – and it could mean the climate ramifications of projects are again taken into account.

Open up carbon capture rules, says Prod Com

3 May 18 - All carbon capture and storage in New Zealand should qualify for credits under the Emissions Trading Scheme – no matter where the carbon comes from, the Productivity Commission says.

Global markets and agriculture our Bonn targets

2 May 18 - Access to international carbon markets and getting the rest of the world to cut emissions from agriculture are two of New Zealand’s negotiating priorities at international climate talks this week.

Prod Com off course, says carbon tech company

1 May 18 - The Productivity Commission is badly under-estimating the potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the steel and iron industries, says a New Zealand company with technology to do just that.

Industrial emissions can be cut - but it's not easy

30 Apr 18 - Soaring emissions from the industrial sector can be cut through improved efficiency and using lower-emissions fuels, but there’s no easy fix, the Productivity Commission says.

PROD COM REPORT: Keep the ETS ... with changes

27 Apr 18 - New Zealand should keep the Emissions Trading Scheme, but it should include agricultural emissions and subsidises for heavy emitters should go, the Productivity Commission says.

PROD COM REPORT: Farmland into forests

27 Apr 18 - New Zealand might need to convert more than three million hectares of farmland into forests to meet its emissions targets, the Productivity Commission says.

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