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Officials wobble under Govt's climate assault

Tuesday - The Governmentís heavy climate-change work programme is putting pressure on officials, confidential papers show.

WISE WORDS: Where ProdCom report is wrong

Monday - The Productivity Commission has got it wrong, say some of our wisest people.

Climate action-man puts new emissions option

Friday - The man who got politicians from both sides of Parliament to agree on climate change says there might be a third option for dealing with New Zealandís greenhouse gas emissions.

Science is getting forests to release carbon secrets

Friday - Ground-breaking research suggesting New Zealandís native forests store more carbon than believed is being stepped up as the country pushes to carbon neutrality.

Minister plays it safe on agricultural emissions

Thursday - Agriculture minister Damien OíConnor steered clear of making promises to cut New Zealandís agricultural greenhouse gas emissions when he spoke on an international stage yesterday.

GE ryegrass could slash emissions, Govt hears

12 Sep 18 - Feeding animals a genetically engineered high-energy ryegrass could cut greenhouse gas emissions from New Zealand farms by more than 20 per cent, the Government has been told.

Gluckman report backs cuts to methane emissions

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman

11 Sep 18 - A third investigation says New Zealand must make drastic cuts to methane emissions.


Farmers' cost claims wrong, says commission

7 Sep 18 - Claims by the farming sector that cutting agricultural greenhouse gas emissions will cost farmers $230,000 a year by 2050 are wrong, the Productivity Commission says.

Parties begin climate commission talks

7 Sep 18 - Cross-party discussion has started on establishing a climate commission to oversee the decarbonisation of the economy.

Foresters happy, farmers wary of carbon path

5 Sep 18 - Recommendations for what is being called the biggest land-use change in New Zealandís history are pleasing foresters but not farmers.

PRODCOM 1: Innovation key to our carbon future

4 Sep 18 - Carbon prices of $200 a tonne, the end of fossil-fuels and agriculture subject to carbon pricing are on the cards if the Government picks up a new report.

PRODCOM 2: Market needs special treatment

4 Sep 18 - The carbon market should be managed by a special authority, the Productivity Commission says.

PRODCOM 3: Farmers deserve emissions subsidy

4 Sep 18 - Farmers should be paying for greenhouse gas emissions Ė albeit at a subsidised rate, the Productivity Commission says.

PRODCOM 4: Farewell to fossil fuels

4 Sep 18 - Fossil fuels should be consigned to history, the Productivity Commission says.

PRODCOM 5: Where we got it wrong

4 Sep 18 - What went wrong with New Zealandís Emissions Trading Scheme? The Productivity Commission spells it out in a report released today.

Methane needs special approach, says expert

3 Sep 18 - Methane should be treated differently from other greenhouse gases when it comes to cutting emissions, says the man who did the calculations for the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environmentís...

New PCE report backs mission to cut methane

31 Aug 18 - New research released by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment confirms that New Zealandís methane emissions must be cut.

We must cut methane emissions, officials tell Shaw

30 Aug 18 - Methane emissions Ė including those from agriculture - will have to be cut if the Paris Agreement is to be met, officials have told climate minister James Shaw.

Auckland signs up to war on waste declaration

29 Aug 18 - Auckland is promising to halve the amount of waste being sent to rubbish dumps by 2030.


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