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JAMES SHAW: A year of living hopefully

Monday - Climate minister James Shaw arrives in Poland today for international climate negotiations. This time last year he was a brand-new minister, just three weeks into the job and announcing on the world stage that New Zealand would be carbon-neutral by 2050.

We must cut animal numbers, says new report

Friday - Another report has confirmed that New Zealand cannot meet its Paris Agreement commitments without reducing the number of farm animals – and says that carbon prices up to $80 a tonne are needed to do it.

We're not ready for droughts and rising seas

Thursday - New reports on drought and sea-level rise highlight New Zealand’s lack of preparation for the impacts of climate change.

Tarrant to head Green Investment Fund

Cecilia Tarrant

Wednesday - Angel investor and independent director Cecilia Tarrant is to head the Government’s $100 million Green Investment Fund.

We're on the move but dragging the doughnut

3 Dec 18 - New Zealand is one of three countries leading the charge to the new economy – but it’s got no right to call itself a developed country, says Doughnut Economics founder Kate Raworth.

Recycling alone not plastics solution

3 Dec 18 - Recycling alone will not solve New Zealand’s plastics pollution problem – the country needs to use less, a new report says.

ClimCom could make methane call, says Treasury

30 Nov 18 - Treasury has suggested the Government delay setting a 2050 emissions reduction target, saying giving the decision to the yet-to-be-established climate commission would allow more time to decide by how much methane emissions should be reduced.

EDITORIAL: New UN report drops a bomb

28 Nov 18 - A report out today saying that global emissions are rising again because of economic growth should be the bomb needed to blast us out of our self-congratulatory complacency.

Campaigners take aim at NZ-owned banks

22 Nov 18 - Three New Zealand-owned banks are the new targets of anti-fossil-fuel campaigners.

Why the new economy needs a financing plan

21 Nov 18 - New Zealand needs an impact investment plan to push financing of the new economy, says a report out today.

We need to act 'today', says new IPCC report

21 Nov 18 - Action on climate change must be stepped up if the climate crisis is to be averted, the International Panel on Climate Change is warning.

Ardern talks climate on Asia-Pacific swing

20 Nov 18 - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern used international talks in Papua New Zealand and Singapore to push for action on climate change, her office says.

Academics call for emergency action

20 Nov 18 - One hundred and fifty New Zealand academics calling for “emergency” action on climate change say economic growth has to stop.

Stand by for multiple disasters, say experts

20 Nov 18 - Heatwaves, droughts, wildfire, storms, floods, sea-surges, food shortages and diseases – climate change could see communities hit by multiple disasters at once, scientists say.

Scientists see new energy value in our forests

19 Nov 18 - Forestry’s value to New Zealand’s climate change effort is not in carbon storage but in powering the low-carbon economy, says our leading forest research institute.

Shaw heads south to check out ice-melt threat

13 Nov 18 - Climate minister James Shaw is heading to Antarctica as scientists warn we already might have triggered tipping points leading to irreversible melting of the polar ice sheets.

New RMA will cover effects of climate change

9 Nov 18 - The Government’s overhaul of the Resource Management Act will include the way it deals with climate change.

Carbon Clock wound back - just a tick

9 Nov 18 - The Carbon Clock showing how much time the world has left before it exhausts its carbon budget has been set back a fraction.

Oil and gas exploration ban becomes law

8 Nov 18 - New oil and gas exploration is now banned from New Zealand’s waters and from most of its land.

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