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Upton favourite for Beehive climate watchdog post

Today 9:00am - Former environment minister Simon Upton – who last week delivered a major report critical of New Zealand’s environmental performance – is likely to be the next Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.

NZ and China shake on Asia-Pacific carbon market

Prime Minister Bill English and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Tuesday - New Zealand and China are to work together on developing an Asia-Pacific carbon market, and will double-team over the way agriculture is treated in international climate negotiations.

Labour/Greens promise sustainability stand

Friday - The Labour and Green parties have agreed to a set of budget responsibility rules that includes environmental and social sustainability as well as financial responsibility.

Toyota wants to get with the programme

Friday - Toyota New Zealand wants to work with the Government on cutting New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

Govt MPs vote down 'good idea' sustainability bill

23 Mar 17 - A bill to include sustainability measures in public finance reporting has been voted down – despite Government MPs saying they supported the sentiment.

Minister hints at cross-party work on climate change

22 Mar 17 - New Zealand has received the strongest indication yet of cross-party agreement on climate change, with climate minister and deputy prime minister Paula Bennett saying she can work with a new far-reaching report on how the country can be carbon-neutral.

EDITORIAL COMMENT: We cannot continue on this path

21 Mar 17 - Two reports out today signal a sea-change for New Zealand. One says the New Zealand’s economy is reaching its environmental limits. The other says New Zealand cannot meet its Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets without changing land use.


OECD REPORT: We need price on agricultural emissions

21 Mar 17 - The OECD says New Zealand needs to put a price on greenhouse gases from the agricultural sector.

NET-ZERO REPORT: Pastoral farming must change

21 Mar 17 - New Zealand cannot cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement and keep farming the way it is now.

Environment reports cast eye over NZ efforts

20 Mar 17 - Two major environmental reports and a new sustainability law are on the agenda this week.

Whanganui's new status huge call for the environment

16 Mar 17 - The Whanganui River has become entity in its own right – a move potentially of huge environmental significance.

THE DECOUPLING DELUSION: Rethinking growth and sustainability

16 Mar 17 - Our economy and society ultimately depend on natural resources: land, water, material (such as metals) and energy. But some scientists have recognised that there are hard limits to the amount of...

Private capital must play big part in climate adaptation

14 Mar 17 - Governments will need private capital to deal with the multi-billion-dollar challenges of adapting to climate change, says a report out today.

Morganists want new approach to controls on farming

10 Mar 17 - The Opportunities Party would put a cap on New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, get rid of the $25 carbon price cap and free credits for heavy emitters and bring some agricultural emissions into...

The Opportunities Party wants us carbon neutral by 2050

9 Mar 17 - Pressure is mounting for New Zealand to make deep emissions cuts by the second half of the century, despite the country’s official target being to only halve emissions by 2050.

Climate change climbs the party ranks

8 Mar 17 - Climate change has made it to the top echelons of New Zealand’s two major political parties.

Environment law agents lack money to do their job

28 Feb 17 - Agencies charged with enforcing New Zealand’s environmental laws don’t have the money to do the job, and often have conflicted interests.

CLIMATE CASE: We need to know more ... and urgently

27 Feb 17 - New Zealand urgently needs to understand the likely impacts of climate change on the economy, environment and society, says a new government paper.

Treasury gives official nod to natural capital

24 Feb 17 - Treasury is, for the first time, including New Zealand’s natural capital in its long-term thinking – including the value of the country’s clean-green brand.


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