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Tough new water laws put heat on farmers

Thursday - Dairy farmers will have to disclosure how much synthetic nitrogen fertiliser they are putting on their land under new rules expected to clean up waterways and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

NZ partners Singapore on new carbon markets

Thursday - New Zealand is to work with Singapore on developing international carbon markets and low-carbon technology such as hydrogen.

Climate change keeps sustainability staff busy

Thursday - Climate change is the top priority for sustainability professionals working in New Zealand, new research shows.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Thursday - Ten years ago, power companies were building maximum carbon prices into their charges – despite being able to buy units much cheaper.

How dangerous is low-level radiation for kids?

Far more children are now believed to have died as a result of the Chernobyl accident than at first thought. Image: By Michaù Lis on Unsplash

Wednesday - A rethink on the risks of low-level radiation would imperil the nuclear industry’s future − perhaps why there’s never been one.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Tuesday - Ten years ago, the head of one of Australia’s biggest power companies said coal was back in town after the country’s plans for an emissions trading scheme were spiked.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Tuesday - The Climate Action Tracker international climate science coalition holds an online summit today on achieving net-zero emissions energy systems.


United push for Australia to target emissions in covid recovery

Monday - Australian businesses, unions, investors and environmentalists are joining forces in a call for a covid-19 pandemic economic recovery programme based on energy efficiency.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Monday - Horizons Regional Council is expected to approve its 2020/21 annual plan today, with $175,000 going to assessing the region’s vulnerability to climate change.

German coal generator fights Dutch coal phase-out

Monday - Uniper is threatening to sue the Dutch government over a plan to phase out coal power by 2030, in a case experts warn could have a chilling effect on climate ambition internationally.

POLITICS: It looks like more of the same

22 May 20 - The outcome of National’s leadership stoush today is unlikely to affect the party’s approach to climate policy.

Waste operator cuts gas emissions

22 May 20 - Waste Management has cut greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations – but emissions from the rubbish it deals with are climbing.

Hydrogen dream driven by greed, says expert

Steve Goldthorpe

21 May 20 - New Zealand’s dream of a hydrogen-powered economy is being driven by greedy oil industry investors and “enchanted” government officials, an energy analyst says.0

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

21 May 20 - Today is the last day for submissions on a new law aimed at smoothing out the supply of logs for the domestic wood industry.

Emissions slashed, but scientists issue warning

20 May 20 - The global economic shutdown caused by the covid-19 pandemic cut the world’s greenhouse gas by nearly 18 million tonnes a day – and the second-highest rate of reduction was in New Zealand.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

20 May 20 - Submissions on the Forestry (Regulation of Log Traders and Advisers) Amendment Bill, introduced as part of last week’s Budget, close tomorrow, when the Environment Select Committee will meet to...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

19 May 20 - MPs take a break from Parliament this week, but will be back in the House next week.

Everybody hold hands and get on with it, says SBC

Mike Burrell

18 May 20 - The Sustainable Business Council is calling for aa cross-party consensus over the spending of covid-19 pandemic recovery money on decarbonising the economy.

HOW THEY SAW IT: reaction to the Budget

15 May 20 - Environmental Defence Society: A Green New Deal. Pleased with $1.1 billion to create 11,000 jobs “restoring the natural world”. Hopes this reset of economic thinking will flow through to the...


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