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Farmers join in as landowners return to planting

Wednesday - Landowners are planting forests again – and farmers looking to offset emissions appear to be among them.

Upton favourite for Beehive climate watchdog post

Wednesday - 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.

Some emissions rise ... some emissions fall

Tuesday - New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions from energy fell overall in the December quarter – but the rising use of liquid fossil fuels means emissions from transport are climbing.

'Poor losers' report out of step, says solar company

Tuesday - A report showing widespread uptake of solar energy will push power costs up for the poorest New Zealanders is out of step with international findings, says a solar energy company.

Polluting of rivers must be stopped, says OECD

Monday - Pollution of waterways by agriculture must be tackled to protect the world’s fresh water, the OECD is warning.

Solar panels could cost the poor, says report

Monday - Mass uptake of solar panels and electric vehicles could make New Zealand’s poorest worse off, says a new report.


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.

NET-ZERO REPORT: We can do more, says bioenergy industry

Friday - A cross-party report on how New Zealand can get to net-zero emissions in the second half of the century ignores some immediate opportunities, the Bioenergy Association says.

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...

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...

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.

Wind turbine manufacturer needs more capital

20 Mar 17 - Windflow Technology, the unprofitable wind turbine manufacturer, has widened its first-half loss and says it needs new injections of capital.

NZ-China work on links despite carbon tax talk

17 Mar 17 - Work on developing carbon-trading links between New Zealand and China is continuing, despite a report this week that China might go to a carbon tax instead of a national emissions trading scheme.

Companies queue to supply Air NZ with biofuels

17 Mar 17 - Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia say they now have a shortlist of companies to supply them with biofuels.


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