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National MPs chew over zero carbon bill

Today 10:00am - National Party MPs are meeting this morning to decide whether they will support the Governmentís zero carbon bill.

Pricing delay carries risks, says ETS expert

Catherine Leining

Friday - The Government is exposing the country to significant risk by delaying changes to the carbon pricing regime, says one of the architects of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Whatís in store with ETS changes

Friday - The latest round of changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme were announced last night, including tougher penalties for failing to surrender credits, the release of details about emissions levels from specific emitters, guidelines for the use of international credits, removing the $25 price cap and the possibility of a price floor.

Tourism sector must toe the line, says minister

Thursday - The Governmentís new Tourism Strategy released today says the sector must ďplay its roleĒ in dealing with climate change.

UN chief pushes case for carbon taxes

Antonio Guterres and Climate Minister James Shaw

14 May 19 - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says income taxes should be replaced with carbon taxes.

Climate effort gets thumbs-up from UN chief

13 May 19 - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is praising New Zealandís efforts on climate change.

How ZCB puts onus on Government to explain

10 May 19 - The Government will have to explain why it ignores any recommendations on the Emissions Trading Scheme from the proposed Climate Change Commission, officials say.

Public wants climate action now, new poll shows

9 May 19 - A poll to be released today shows a majority of New Zealanders Ė including National Party supporters - think the country needs to take action now on climate change.

How much methane will farmers have to cut?

9 May 19 - New Zealandís farmers might have to reduce methane emissions from animals by nearly four million tonnes a year under the Governmentís climate change plans.

Taranaki to be nation's clean-energy capital

9 May 19 - Taranaki will be home to a $27 million clean-energy centre, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has just announced.

Carbon bill offers softer touch to farm emissions

8 May 19 - New Zealandís agricultural emissions will be cut Ė but not as much as other gases.

ZERO CARBON: What happens next

James Shaw

8 May 19 - The Government is amending the Climate Change Response Act (the law that governs the Emissions Trading Scheme) to implement its zero-carbon plans instead of introducing a new law.

You'll like the ZCB, Peters tells party faithful

2 May 19 - The long-awaited Zero Carbon Bill is close Ė and New Zealand First expects its supporters will like it.

Agriculture about to get the emissions answer

29 Apr 19 - The agricultural sector will find out soon whether it is likely to come into the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Footprint falling - but don't start partying

26 Apr 19 - New Zealandís biocapacity surplus Ė its ability to produce resources and absorb wastes Ė is falling, new data shows.

HALFWAY HOUSE: PM changes our climate focus

24 Apr 19 - Jacinda Ardernís nuclear-free-moment speech on the campaign trail during the 2017 general election struck a chord.

Review has price cap message for Government

23 Apr 19 - The cap on carbon prices should be lifted, the Government has been told.

Problems getting worse, says environment report

18 Apr 19 - Climate change is already making New Zealandís environmental problems worse and threatens the economy, a new official assessment of the state of New Zealandís environment says.

No CGT, but green taxes still on the agenda

18 Apr 19 - A capital gains tax might be off the agenda, but the Government isnít ruling out environmental taxes recommended by the Tax Working Group.

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