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National Party applauds farmers' pine protest

Friday - The National Party says it supports farmers who marched on Parliament yesterday demanding a halt to the planting of carbon forests on productive farmland.

RMA could ease path of climate-change work

Wednesday - Climate-saving projects could get an easier run under the Resource Management Act, says a Government-commissioned panel of experts.

Farm protest march misleading, say foresters

Wednesday - Forestry bodies say the organisers of a protest in Wellington tomorrow over the planting of forests on farmland are misleading the public.

'Catastrophic' bushfires sound alarm bells in NZ

Tuesday - Experts planning for increased fire risk in New Zealand as the planet warms are looking across the Tasman in alarm at “catastrophic” fire conditions.

Should we be tougher on carbon risk disclosure?

Monday - The Government is asking the public whether companies should be forced to disclose their carbon and climate risk.

New party backs emissions pricing

Vernon Tava

Monday - A new environment-based political party supports emissions pricing, wants the Climate Change Commission to set the methane reduction target, and says it would be reluctant to get rid of a ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration.


Monday - Last week’s passing of the zero-carbon act doesn’t mean an end to climate-change-related rallies in Wellington.

Upton wants more bite for environment reporting

Simon Upton

8 Nov 19 - The Government should have to at least respond to official reports on the state of New Zealand’s environment and climate, says the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.

MPs rubbish call on overseas emissions

David Seymour

7 Nov 19 - Parliament has roundly rejected an attempt to get overseas emission reductions given the same weight as New Zealand projects under new climate legislation.

Parker opens green door with Costa Rica

David Parker

7 Nov 19 - Trade and environment minister David Parker has met with his counterpart from Costa Rica in China this week as the two countries move towards a climate trade agreement.

Heat-waves hit company value

6 Nov 19 - Share values fall in heat-waves, markets are being warned.

Staunch Nats vow to change zero-carbon bill

4 Nov 19 - National still hopes to drive through changes to the zero-carbon bill before it is passed this week.


4 Nov 19 - It’s the climate week in Parliament, with the zero-carbon bill expected to pass by Thursday and amendments to the Emissions Trading Scheme getting their first airing.

Directors learn climate denial no legal defence

31 Oct 19 - Denying humans are changing the climate will be no defence for directors facing lawsuits for failing to deal with carbon risk, businesses are being told.

ETS fertiliser claims wrong, says Ravensdown

31 Oct 19 - The Emissions Trading Scheme is over-estimating the amount of nitrous oxide being released as a result of fertiliser use – and that could cost the sector money when it starts paying for emissions,...

Big farm subsidy won't work, says Super Fund

30 Oct 19 - The Government’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from farming won’t work while the sector is being given a 95 per cent subsidy, say the Guardians of the New Zealand Super Fund.

Opinions side with charging for farm emissions

29 Oct 19 - A majority of people and organisations making submissions on whether agricultural emissions should be in the Emissions Trading Scheme say price-based mechanisms are the way to go.


29 Oct 19 - It’s a quiet week on the political front, but a busy week for green finance.

Forest credits' future unclear as new laws loom

25 Oct 19 - The use of forestry carbon credits to offset agricultural emissions remains unclear as law changes go before Parliament.

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