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Govt reverses decision on technical reserve

21 Dec 20 - The first Government auction of carbon credits, scheduled for March 17, will take place with a technical reserve price in place after all.

WELLINGTON: Give us carbon credits for our wetlands

10 Dec 20 - A second regional authority is calling for non-forestry carbon sequestration like wetland restoration to earn carbon credits.

PLANET IN PERIL: Why we must change our financial system

4 Nov 20 - New Zealand can have a sustainable financial system by 2030, driving environmental, social and economic prosperity, a panel of public and private-sector heavyweights says.

ORR: Pacific adaptability a lesson for the world

29 Oct 20 - Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr is invoking his own Pacific heritage in a new call for collective action on climate change.

Our greenhouse gas emissions are being pushed by growth

15 Oct 20 - Economic growth is driving New Zealand’s rising greenhouse gas emissions, a new report confirms.

Govt confirms mandatory climate-risk reporting regime

15 Sep 20 - New Zealand’s largest financial institutions and companies will be the first in the world to face mandatory disclosure of their climate risks.

Biochar golden opportunity for New Zealand, says expert

9 Sep 20 - New Zealand is squandering opportunities to use carbon sequestered under the Emissions Trading Scheme to improve soils, says bioeconomy consultant Dr Michael Lakeman.

If business must disclose carbon debt, then so should we, says Shaw

8 Sep 20 - The Government is trying to find a way to calculate the cost of the country’s likely carbon debt – and is considering using revenue from the Emissions Trading Scheme to buy international carbon...

Compulsory climate-risk reporting rules out soon, says minister

4 Sep 20 - The Government’s plans for mandatory disclosure of companies’ climate-change risk should be unveiled before the election.

National climate pledges must be increased well before COP, Guterres tells nations

Antonio Guterres

31 Aug 20 - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has repeated calls for countries to increase their 2030 emissions reduction targets – and to do it soon.

Experts investigating companies' climate claims

20 Aug 20 - Investors looking for evidence that companies really are addressing climate risk are hiring outside experts to find it.

ON THE BALL: Provincial pride could drive emissions goal

The Ranfurly Shield

19 Aug 20 - Ranfurly Shield-style competition between provinces could get New Zealanders to finally cut greenhouse gas emissions, provincial local councils say.

UPTON: Coastal retreat the only sensible option

13 Aug 20 - Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton is calling for fast, orderly retreat from coastal areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Native species key to cutting emissions

11 Aug 20 - Restoration of New Zealand’s wild places should count towards the country’s emissions reduction targets, the Government says.

Finance sector essential to adapting to climate change

4 Aug 20 - The Government is being told banks should toughen up on lending for properties vulnerable to sea-level rise and flooding.

Count climate in insurance risk, says Robertson

3 Aug 20 - The Reserve Bank should be required to take climate change into account when assessing threats to the insurance industry, the finance minister says.

New law needed for managed retreat, says review

Judge Tony Randerson

29 Jul 20 - Authorities could have the power to seize land threatened by climate change under a proposed new Public Works Act-type law.

Replace RMA with new law, says EDS

27 Jul 20 - New Zealand's primary planning law, the Resource Management Act should be scrapped and replaced with totally new legislation, the Environmental Defence Society says.

Pandemic delays ClimCom's first report

16 Jul 20 - The Climate Change Commission is under pressure from the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic and could be up to three months' late filing New Zealand's first emissions-budget recommendations.

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Recognising forestry's highest achievers

5 Oct 20 - MEDIA RELEASE - The New Zealand Institute of Forestry has announced the winners...

Fonterra should be ashamed of causing coal mine expansion, says Cana

29 Sep 20 - MEDIA RELEASE - Bathurst Resource¡¯s planned extension of its Canterbury coal...

Coal activists' target misplaced - Straterra

29 Sep 20 - MEDIA RELEASE - Activists blocking a Canterbury coal mine over a proposed...

Wood fibres report welcomed

2 Sep 20 - MEDIA RELEASE - The Wood Fibre Futures report is a welcome addition to our...

Fuel-cell trucks here next year

1 Sep 20 - MEDIA RELEASE - New Zealand’s Hiringa Energy and United States-based HYZON...

China will have more than 25% of global offshore wind power capacity by 2030

27 Aug 20 - MEDIA RELEASE - GLOBAL DATA: The global offshore wind segment is likely to grow...

Big penalty for environmental pollution

27 Aug 20 - An Auckland Council prosecution has seen a golf resort fined $86,000 for...

Funding welcome for recycling plant upgrades

26 Aug 20 - Local Government New Zealand has today welcomed the stimulus funding to upgrade...

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