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Farmers say no to environmental taxes

Today 10:00am - Farmers are overwhelmingly opposed to environmental taxes – unless the revenue comes to them.

Getting rid of free credits worth $2b, says TWG

Friday - Ditching free carbon credits for trade-exposed heavy emitters could generate $2.1 billion a year in revenue, the Tax Working Group says.

Why all new buildings should be carbon-neutral

Nathan Surendran

Thursday - Requiring all new buildings to be carbon-neutral is the most cost-effective emissions-reduction action New Zealand can take, the Government is being told.

New maps will settle forest-planting posers

Wednesday - The thorny question of whether land is eligible for carbon forests could soon be solved – with a map.

Officials wobble under Govt's climate assault

18 Sep 18 - The Government’s heavy climate-change work programme is putting pressure on officials, confidential papers show.

WISE WORDS: Where ProdCom report is wrong

17 Sep 18 - The Productivity Commission has got it wrong, say some of our wisest people.

Climate action-man puts new emissions option

14 Sep 18 - The man who got politicians from both sides of Parliament to agree on climate change says there might be a third option for dealing with New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Science is getting forests to release carbon secrets

14 Sep 18 - Ground-breaking research suggesting New Zealand’s native forests store more carbon than believed is being stepped up as the country pushes to carbon neutrality.

Minister plays it safe on agricultural emissions

13 Sep 18 - Agriculture minister Damien O’Connor steered clear of making promises to cut New Zealand’s agricultural greenhouse gas emissions when he spoke on an international stage yesterday.

GE ryegrass could slash emissions, Govt hears

12 Sep 18 - Feeding animals a genetically engineered high-energy ryegrass could cut greenhouse gas emissions from New Zealand farms by more than 20 per cent, the Government has been told.

Gluckman report backs cuts to methane emissions

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman

11 Sep 18 - A third investigation says New Zealand must make drastic cuts to methane emissions.

Farmers' cost claims wrong, says commission

7 Sep 18 - Claims by the farming sector that cutting agricultural greenhouse gas emissions will cost farmers $230,000 a year by 2050 are wrong, the Productivity Commission says.

Parties begin climate commission talks

7 Sep 18 - Cross-party discussion has started on establishing a climate commission to oversee the decarbonisation of the economy.

Foresters happy, farmers wary of carbon path

5 Sep 18 - Recommendations for what is being called the biggest land-use change in New Zealand’s history are pleasing foresters but not farmers.

PRODCOM 1: Innovation key to our carbon future

4 Sep 18 - Carbon prices of $200 a tonne, the end of fossil-fuels and agriculture subject to carbon pricing are on the cards if the Government picks up a new report.

PRODCOM 2: Market needs special treatment

4 Sep 18 - The carbon market should be managed by a special authority, the Productivity Commission says.

PRODCOM 3: Farmers deserve emissions subsidy

4 Sep 18 - Farmers should be paying for greenhouse gas emissions – albeit at a subsidised rate, the Productivity Commission says.

PRODCOM 4: Farewell to fossil fuels

4 Sep 18 - Fossil fuels should be consigned to history, the Productivity Commission says.

PRODCOM 5: Where we got it wrong

4 Sep 18 - What went wrong with New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme? The Productivity Commission spells it out in a report released today.

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