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Smarts and skills keys to the future, says Govt

Today 11:00am - Deeper pools of capital, a smart, skilled and motivated workforce and plentiful clean energy are behind the Government’s plans for the future of the economy.

New water rules have Govt guessing on gases

Friday - New rules to improve water quality will also drive down New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions – but the Government doesn’t know by how much.

At last, we're getting a look at climate risks

Thursday - Progress is being made at last on assessing the risk climate change poses to New Zealand.

Local businesses given emissions know-how

Thursday - The Government has released new advice for local businesses wanting to voluntarily offset their emissions.

Ardern has faith in farmers to do the job

Wednesday - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern agrees with farmers that greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture should be managed at a farm level.

OUR ETS: What goes around, comes around

16 Sep 19 - New Zealand had the opportunity a decade ago to adopt the type of agricultural emissions pricing regime for which farmers are now fighting.

Go-it-alone farmers up pressure on politicians

16 Sep 19 - The farming industry is upping pressure on the Government for its own emissions-pricing regime.

Big Hydro might sidestep new water rules

10 Sep 19 - Because of climate change, the country’s six largest hydro power schemes should be exempt from rules requiring minimum water levels in rivers, the Government says.

Cabinet refuses to show ETS farming papers

9 Sep 19 - The Government is refusing to release six documents relating to farming and the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Green taxes make business sense, says study

9 Sep 19 - Environmental taxes such as carbon pricing don’t necessarily slow economic development, researchers say.

Barbados becomes a blues brother

James Shaw and Kirk Humphrey

6 Sep 19 - Barbados has joined a New Zealand-led group taking action to limit the impacts of ocean acidification caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide in the air.

Elevation of hydrogen is 'dumb', says engineer

Susan Krumdieck

3 Sep 19 - New Zealand is “dumb” if it thinks hydrogen is the energy solution for the future, says one of the country’s leading experts on transition engineering.

Where's the consultation promise, ask Nats

30 Aug 19 - The Government’s decision to make mining on conservation land a non-starter in a new minerals strategy is being criticised.

Get tougher on methane, say Penn State profs

Jim Salinger

29 Aug 19 - A trio of top international climate scientists wants the New Zealand Government to be tougher on methane than it plans to be.

Government puts faith in minerals of the future

28 Aug 19 - The Government is gearing up to go looking for the minerals that will drive the low-carbon economy – lithium and cobalt.

Climate all-important, economist reminds Govt

27 Aug 19 - Government decisions that don’t take climate change into account should be voided, says an economist who has spent 30 years trying to get governments in New Zealand and Australia to take the issue...

Pressure builds for farming carbon-storage break

26 Aug 19 - Parliament is under increasing pressure to let farmers claim credit for carbon stored in trees and soils on their land.

Farmland loss more like 10%, says ministry

23 Aug 19 - Implementing the zero-carbon bill could see about 10 per cent of current farmland converted to forests, the Ministry for the Environment says.

Carbon farmer questions forestry land facts

Matt Walsh

22 Aug 19 - The country’s largest carbon-farming company says there is more marginal land available for forestry than officials are telling the Government.

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New plant makes food packaging from recycled plastic

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