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Wise group slams 'bizarre' RMA emissions rule

Today 9:00am - Parliament is being urged to change the “bizarre and dangerous” law banning local councils from considering greenhouse gas emissions when granting planning consents.

Australia wrong about our Kyoto credits

Today 9:00am - New Zealand comes out on top in a row with Australia about climate change, according to The Guardian.


Today 9:00am - Some of the heavyweights of the agricultural industry appear before Parliament’s environment select committee today to talk about the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Way now clear for wood, say biomass champions

Wednesday - The Government’s latest move towards getting rid of coal-fired boilers in hospitals and schools shows growing market confidence in the country’s biomass supply, the Bionergy Association says.


Wednesday - Parliament’s environment select committee is hearing submissions today and tomorrow on reforms of the Emissions Trading Scheme and the Resource Management Act.

Switzerland signs up to NZ trade treaty

Tuesday - Switzerland is joining the New Zealand-initiated trade agreement on climate change.


Tuesday - Emissions returns have opened, and close on March 31.

Climate commission gets its body of experts

Dr Rod Carr

17 Dec 19 - The names of the experts who will make up the Climate Change Commission have been announced.

NZ 'low' performer, says climate action watchdog

12 Dec 19 - Failure to cut greenhouse gas emissions has seen New Zealand ranked 37th and in the “low” category in an international assessment of performance on climate change.

MADRID MESSAGE: Our cuts will take hard work

11 Dec 19 - New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions will decrease steadily to 2030 but will still be well above 1990 levels, officials have told international climate talks in Madrid.

PLEASE EXPLAIN: NZ faces grilling at Madrid meet

9 Dec 19 - New Zealand faces up to the world in Madrid today to explain how it is meeting its emissions reduction targets despite a 23 per cent rise in gross emissions and 65 per cent rise in net emissions...


9 Dec 19 - The second week of the latest Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – better known as COP25 – is under way in Madrid.

Jump to it, Jacinda, says global carbon watchdog

5 Dec 19 - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is under international pressure to increase New Zealand’s 2030 emissions reduction target in line with the Paris Agreement.

Climate-impact reporting to be mandatory

4 Dec 19 - The Government is to assess the climate implications of every major decision it makes.


2 Dec 19 - Two weeks of international climate negotiations kick off in Madrid today.

ACC still on rack over fossil-fuel investments

Chloe Swarbrick

29 Nov 19 - The Government-owned Accident Compensation Corporation is likely to remain under pressure to withdraw $1 billion worth of investments in fossil-fuel companies.

Minister won't act on ACC oil investments

Iain Lees-Galloway

28 Nov 19 - The Government says it will not interfere in the Accident Compensation Corporation’s decision to invest in fossil fuels.

Foresters want pre-1990 trees recognised

26 Nov 19 - Extra carbon stored in pre-1990 forests should be recognised with carbon credits, forest owners say.

Change calls on councils to protect species

26 Nov 19 - Councils will be required to protect native species from the impacts of climate change under proposed new rules.

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YHA celebrates carbon footprint reduction

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