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Busy ministry delays work on emissions planning

Thursday - Planning to cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions in line with the country’s Paris Agreement commitments has been delayed because of the Ministry for the Environment’s heavy workload, confidential papers show.

Climate-related damage bill climbs to $174 million

Wednesday - This year’s bill for climate-related disasters in New Zealand has climbed to $174.7 million.

Officials work to cut shocking vehicle emissions

Tuesday - Officials will put a plan to cut New Zealand’s appalling transport emissions to the Government before the end of the year.

Greens put case for billion-dollar growth fund

Monday - A billion-dollar Green Infrastructure Fund and New Zealand at net-zero emissions by 2050 will be priorities for the Green Party in government.

Auckland could face a Japan-like climate

Monday - Summer in Auckland could, by the end of the century, be as hot as summer in Yokohama is now, a new report says.

THE COUNT: James Shaw takes Greens into the lead

Monday - It’s runs on the board this week for two leaders in The Count, our weekly tally of public statements about climate change by party leaders in the lead-up to the general election.

Wood-for-coal switch would save us millions

14 Jul 17 - Using wood instead of coal to provide industrial heat would cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions by 460,000 tonnes and save more than $11 million a year in carbon credits, a new report says.


Net-zero worthy target, says cross-party group

13 Jul 17 - The pan-political Globe climate group says cutting New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 is worth serious discussion.

Ministers eye ways to beat mines planning rules

12 Jul 17 - The Government has been looking at approving new coal mines by creating special economic zones bypassing usual planning rules, Forest & Bird says.

E-cars selling, but not enough to make a difference

11 Jul 17 - New Zealanders are buying electric vehicles in “record” numbers, but they are not making a dent in the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Young Greens come to the zero-carbon party

11 Jul 17 - Young Green Party supporters are joining young National and Labour in supporting the Zero Carbon Act.

CLIMATE COST: Disaster damage bill tops $150 million

10 Jul 17 - Climate-related disasters have cost New Zealand more than $150 million this year.

EMA boots climate change off priority list

Kim Campbell

10 Jul 17 - Climate change policy is not a priority for the Employers and Manufacturers’ Association in this election.

THE COUNT: Greens leaders say something

Metiria Turei

10 Jul 17 - The public statements of world leaders might have been focused on climate change over the past week, but that doesn’t mean it has been on the agenda for New Zealand’s political leaders.

Young Kiwi voices lead the climate change chorus

7 Jul 17 - By publisher ADELIA HALLETT | Two political actions this week give us some hope that New Zealand might one day get the leadership it needs to survive and prosper in a carbon-constrained world.

Pacific nations push for Paris pact commitments

Voreqe Bainimarama

6 Jul 17 - A commitment by rich nations to the Paris Agreement and an end to fossil-fuel development were the two major issues to come out of a pan-Pacific climate meeting in Fiji this week.

Environment officials to get new science advice

Dr Alison Collins

6 Jul 17 - The Ministry for the Environment is to get a new science adviser.

IT'S OFFICIAL: Ministers get the word on ETS changes

5 Jul 17 - Official advice on changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme has made its way from officials to ministers.

Political uncertainty the enemy of carbon markets

4 Jul 17 - Lack of political certainty is damaging the effectiveness of carbon markets, says new research.


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