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Big Hydro might sidestep new water rules

Tuesday - 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.

Big Business wants equality for carbon credits

20 Aug 19 - A think-tank representing some of the biggest companies operating in New Zealand wants international carbon credits to be treated the same as domestic emissions reductions.

WISE WORDS: Aim for 2040 and attack methane

19 Aug 19 - A consortium of experts is calling for New Zealand to be carbon-neutral by 2040 and a doubling of the Government’s methane reduction-target.

Schoolgirl sounds alarm as Pacific leaders scrap

16 Aug 19 - Pacific Islanders’ fears of the effects of climate change which occupied their leaders for 12 tense hours at the South Pacific Forum overnight were passionately voiced in Auckland this morning by a...

Government said no to official methane advice

15 Aug 19 - The Government went beyond officials’ advice in proposing cuts in methane emissions of up to 47 per cent, briefing papers show.

New waste action targets makers of goods

9 Aug 19 - Producers and users of electrical and electronic goods, farm chemicals and plastics, tyres, refrigerants and packaging could be about to become legally responsible for their disposal.

Beware of freeloaders, warns Enviro-Mark chief

Dr Ann Smith

8 Aug 19 - Without regulations requiring all businesses to cut greenhouse gas emissions, some New Zealand companies will freeload off the efforts of others, the country’s leading emissions auditor is warning.

SCOTT SIMPSON: We want a seat at the table

7 Aug 19 - National's new climate spokesperson says the party has moved a long way on climate change - and he's had a hand in it.

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Dr Zahra Champion

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New plant makes food packaging from recycled plastic

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