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Labour Party pushes public to back carbon bill

Monday - The Labour Party is building a campaign base to push through the zero-carbon legislation.

Global carbon markets long way off, says Shaw

James Shaw

Friday - Functioning international carbon markets are a decade away Ė probably two, New Zealandís climate minister says.

Farm methane doing most damage, say scientists

Andy Reisinger

Thursday - Methane from farm animals in New Zealand is doing more damage to the climate than the combined impacts of all other greenhouse gases, a new analysis says.

Government moving to auction system - and soon

Wednesday - The Government is gearing up to auction carbon units from the end of next year at the latest.

Local governments want climate rules in RMA

8 Jul 19 - Local authorities want to be able to take climate impacts into account when they are considering applications under the Resource Managements Act.

Grant to find answers to native trees questions

8 Jul 19 - The Government is putting $422,000 into finding better ways to grow native trees for forestry.

ZCB might not do the job, Government hears

Kennedy Graham

5 Jul 19 - The zero-carbon bill might not fulfil New Zealandís international obligations on climate change, the Government is being told.

ProdCom report urges Govt to support councils

4 Jul 19 - The Government is coming under increasing pressure to provide local councils with the skills and resources they need to deal with the impacts of climate change.

Why we can't ignore imported carbon emissions

3 Jul 19 - Greenhouse gases released in the production of imported goods used by New Zealanders are coming under the spotlight.

BETTER WORLD: There's a lot to do, says Govt

2 Jul 19 - New Zealand can increase wealth and jobs and protect the environment Ė but itís going to take work, the Government says.

Touring by car ups emissions, says report

27 Jun 19 - Domestic and international tourists driving cars are pushing up New Zealandís greenhouse gas emissions, counteracting a small drop in emissions from industry.

Government buying power goes green

27 Jun 19 - The Government is using its massive buying power to help to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

NZ must act now on agriculture, says OECD

26 Jun 19 - The OECD is again calling on New Zealand to impose an effective carbon price, saying the expanding dairy industry is undermining the countryís goal to create a low-emissions economy.

We might have to step in, warns Reserve Bank

25 Jun 19 - The Reserve Bank says it might have to step in and regulate if companies fail to deal with climate risks.

SHAW: We're not stuck on 2030 methane target

24 Jun 19 - The Governmentís target of cutting methane emissions by 10 per cent by 2030 is not set in stone, the climate minister says.

Shaw optimistic gas emissions will peak early

21 Jun 19 - New Zealandís domestic demand for carbon credits is expected to exceed 43 million units in 2023 - up more than two million units on this year, new figures show.

NZ gets another fail mark on climate action

20 Jun 19 - The Government's plan to cut methane emissions by 10 per cent by 2030 is under fire from international scientists.

Shaw will wait and see on emissions targets

19 Jun 19 - New Zealandís net greenhouse gas emissions might not peak until 2035 under current policies, the Government says.

It's your job to care for the world, directors hear

14 Jun 19 - Directors should bear as much personal responsibility for the environmental damage their companies cause as they now do for the health and safety of their workers, the Government has been told.

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