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OPINION: Time to 'fess-up on our climate record

Today 11:00am - Following today's planned climate emergency declaration, New Zealand will have to face up to the fact it has one of the worst climate records of industrialised nations.

UK scrambles to decide first post-Brexit climate pledge

Tuesday - Britain is preparing to announce its first solo carbon-cutting pledge to the Paris climate agreement, in a tight political manoeuvre ahead of an ambition summit on December 12.

Don't be too quick to dismiss the 'emergency'

Monday - By PATTRICK SMELLIE | There was an outburst of skeptical tongue-clicking last Thursday when Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced New Zealand will this week declare a state of ‘climate emergency’.

FRIDAY POLITICS: Tough-talking Shaw

Friday - Climate minister James Shaw appears to be sticking with the new bullish approach he’s adopted since the election.

Western Europe cools on plans for nuclear power

Friday - News that two more reactors in the United Kingdom are to shut down on safety grounds earlier than planned has capped a depressing month for nuclear power in Europe.

XR launches campaign of financial disobedience

24 Nov 20 - Extinction Rebellion is launching a campaign of financial civil disobedience aimed at exposing the “political economy’s complicity” in the unfolding ecological crisis.

FRIDAY POLITICS: Border tariffs on Govt's to-do list

20 Nov 20 - Carbon tariffs at the border are on the Government's agenda this term to protect the country’s steel, aluminium and cement industries as they decarbonise.

Upton, Parker - Nats stopped the ETS working

17 Nov 20 - New Zealand’s failure to seriously address its emissions problem through the 2010s has come under fire from two politicians whose attempts to effectively price carbon were thwarted by National...

NZ needs to do more, says High Commissioner

13 Nov 20 - Britain wants New Zealand to do more on climate change, calling on companies to be carbon-neutral by 2040 and “welcoming” the country’s review of its 2030 emissions target.

Shaw talking tough on carbon budgets

12 Nov 20 - The Climate Change Commission could be given the ability to manage carbon prices if its carbon budget recommendations are not followed by politicians, the climate minister says.

UK follows NZ on compulsory carbon disclosure

11 Nov 20 - Large companies and financial institutions in the UK will have to come clean about their exposure to climate risks within five years under the terms of a tougher regime announced.


10 Nov 20 - Ten years ago, United States businesses were calling time on that country’s only national carbon market, the Chicago Climate Exchange, blaming the failure of Congress to pass emissions-trading...

Ardern has high climate hopes for Biden

9 Nov 20 - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expects new United States President Joe Biden to act on climate change.


4 Nov 20 - It’s election day in the United States, with results expected to start coming through from midday New Zealand time. Regardless of who wins, the US will leave the Paris Agreement tomorrow, and getting...

Energy sector ripe for govt emissions targets

3 Nov 20 - The Government appears to have emissions from energy in its sights as it seeks to finally make real cuts in the country's emissions.

Govt looking again at reserve price for auctions

2 Nov 20 - Climate minister James Shaw is seeking new advice from officials on including a technical reserve price in the new carbon-auctioning regime.

FRIDAY POLITICS: We'll know by Sunday

30 Oct 20 - We should know on Sunday whether James Shaw will remain the country’s climate minister.

New threat to prices from Govt auction

28 Oct 20 - The Government’s decision to auction large amounts of carbon credits without a technical reserve price in place poses a new downside risk to prices, warns the founder of one of New Zealand’s...

Get reserve in place to protect taxpayers, says Simpson

27 Oct 20 - The Government can and should pass legislation allowing it to set reserve prices when it auctions carbon credits, National says.

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