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Shaw applauds China's work on climate change

Friday - China’s action on climate change makes New Zealand look like its “pussy-footing around”, says climate minister James Shaw.

Beehive might have carbon job for Reserve Bank

Wednesday - The Government is looking at the role the Reserve Bank should play in monitoring and managing the country’s carbon exposure.

Latest ETS review kicks off next month

Wednesday - Consultation on the next review of the Emissions Trading Scheme will start next month.

Act or face financial crisis, warns leading banker

Adrian Orr

13 Jul 18 - New central bank head Adrian Orr is warning of financial crisis and mass social unrest if the world doesn’t urgently address climate change.

Farmers like the idea of opting in to ETS

Andrew Hoggard

12 Jul 18 - Farmers could be interested into opting into the Emissions Trading Scheme – if the settings are right.

Let farmers opt in to ETS, says regional council

11 Jul 18 - Farmers should be able to opt into the Emissions Trading Scheme so they can get credit for introducing climate-friendly practices, says the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

We don't want to be like Australia, says Vector

6 Jul 18 - One of the 53 big companies stepping up to publicly support the Zero Carbon Bill says it doesn’t want New Zealand’s climate policy to end up like that of Australia.

Climate change security threat, says defence minister

6 Jul 18 - Climate change threatens New Zealand’s security, says defence minister Ron Mark.

Shaw schedules carbon talks with China

5 Jul 18 - Climate minister James Shaw is bound for China next week for talks on climate change and developing closer carbon markets.

Poll shows majority ready to act on emissions

3 Jul 18 - Two-thirds of New Zealanders are prepared to take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions – although half might require some level of personal interest to take action, a new poll suggests.

Check methane reporting, urges climate expert

Professor Ralph Sims

2 Jul 18 - New Zealand should check the accuracy of its methane-reporting figures in the wake of revelations of possibly inaccurate reporting from natural gas production in the United States, says an expert in...

We can use organic waste, says landfill operator

29 Jun 18 - Keeping organic waste out of rubbish dumps will double its carbon footprint and deny the country an important source of renewable energy, says the country’s largest landfill operator.

Big Business gets ready to back carbon neutrality

28 Jun 18 - Fifty-three of New Zealand’s biggest companies - including major players in the farming, forestry and fishing industries - appear to be ready to announce their support for the Zero Carbon Bill.

Don't bet on the future of our cars being electric

27 Jun 18 - The future of low-emissions transport is not necessarily electric, car makers are telling the Government.

Get climate house in order, Trustpower tells Govt

26 Jun 18 - Energy company Trustpower says the Government needs to use “joined-up thinking” on climate change.

Government might aim for more carbon cuts

25 Jun 18 - The Government might increase New Zealand’s 2030 emissions reduction target.

These days, Rio Tinto is a big fan of our ETS

22 Jun 18 - Pacific Aluminium – whose parent company Rio Tinto threatened to leave New Zealand if a carbon price was introduced – is now a fan of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Govt hears of value in overseas carbon credits

20 Jun 18 - Access to international carbon credits could lower the cost of decarbonising the economy, the Government has been told.

20% of Nats don't want zero carbon, says survey

19 Jun 18 - One in five National Party supporters opposes the idea of New Zealand being carbon-neutral, a recent survey suggests.

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