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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.

US budget aims broadside at climate change

Wednesday - If anything, it’s worse than expected: sweeping cutbacks to environmental programmes; an abandonment of efforts aimed at cleaning up air and water pollution around the US; and, most worrying for the world in general, an end to multimillion-dollar funding for satellite launches and other science projects aimed at tackling climate change.

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.

South Australian energy plan signals storage revolution

21 Mar 17 - Australia's largest battery storage technology will be built in South Australia to warehouse renewable energy, providing more affordable and reliable electricity, along with jobs and investment.

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.

Windfarms commercial director to run company

Roger Kerr-Newell

20 Mar 17 - NZ Windfarms says its new commercial director, John Worth, will assume full responsibility for the company's daily operations, taking over from acting chief executive Stuart Bauld.


China takes fresh approach to pollution

17 Mar 17 - China’s air pollution makes many of its towns and cities almost intolerable for their inhabitants. A 2015 report put the numbers killed daily by foul air at 4000 to 5000.

THE DECOUPLING DELUSION: Rethinking growth and sustainability

16 Mar 17 - Our economy and society ultimately depend on natural resources: land, water, material (such as metals) and energy. But some scientists have recognised that there are hard limits to the amount of...

Scientists track down travelling droughts

14 Mar 17 - The biggest and worst droughts might not stay fixed in one place but can travel thousands of kilometres from their origin, according to a new study.

Morganists want new approach to controls on farming

10 Mar 17 - The Opportunities Party would put a cap on New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, get rid of the $25 carbon price cap and free credits for heavy emitters and bring some agricultural emissions into...

Too much info can put people off sustainability

9 Mar 17 - Most people would agree that living more sustainably is something to strive for -- but it’s a lot easier said than done.

Energy needs broader view, says new minister

8 Mar 17 - New Zealand needs to broaden use of renewable energy beyond the electricity generation, says the new energy minister - but she expects fossil fuels to stay in the mix.

Australia's angry summer rewrites the record books

8 Mar 17 - Australians endured another intense summer, with more than 200 record-breaking extreme weather events driven by climate change, a new Climate Council report says.

Back us and we'll build more plants, says Z biofuel

7 Mar 17 - New Zealand’s largest liquid-fuel retailer says it could build another six biodiesel plants – if it gets the right support.

Let's talk about emissions, fuels firm tells public

6 Mar 17 - A company whose products are responsible for 9 per cent of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions is asking the public what it can do to reduce them.

America’s ‘hidden subsidies’ worth $170b a year

6 Mar 17 - Donald Trump wants to restrict or even abolish the US Environmental Protection Agency. In particular, he is proposing to dramatically limit the federal agency’s power to regulate carbon dioxide...

KiwiRail puts $4.5b tag on electrifying network

3 Mar 17 - Electrifying the entire North Island rail network would cost more than $4.5 billion, says KiwiRail.

We need to get wise about our heated cities

3 Mar 17 - New Zealand needs to think about ways to keep its cities cool in the face of climate change – and the answer could be more trees, says an international planning expert due to speak here next month.


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