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Govt MPs vote down 'good idea' sustainability bill

Thursday - A bill to include sustainability measures in public finance reporting has been voted down – despite Government MPs saying they supported the sentiment.

Whanganui's new status huge call for the environment

16 Mar 17 - The Whanganui River has become entity in its own right – a move potentially of huge environmental significance.

Climate change climbs the party ranks

8 Mar 17 - Climate change has made it to the top echelons of New Zealand’s two major political parties.

Minister defends action on water standards

8 Mar 17 - Environmental debates in Parliament yesterday stayed with the issue of the moment – fresh water.

Greens toss bouquet to Bennett, but ...

17 Feb 17 - Climate minister and deputy prime minister Paula Bennett has received a bouquet for her action on climate change from an unexpected quarter – Green MP Kennedy Graham.

Relying on foreign credits dangerous, say officials

9 Feb 17 - New Zealand cannot rely on international carbon credits to meet its emissions reductions targets after 2030, officials have told the Government, warning that credits could be expensive and in short supply.

Linking carbon market would be a clever move

1 Feb 17 - New Zealand could cut the cost of meeting its international emissions reductions targets by linking its carbon market to emerging markets in Asia.


Bennett stands alone in climate change portfolio

19 Dec 16 - The climate portfolio is now held by the deputy prime minister – the highest ranking it has ever had in New Zealand.

Greens' bill calls for sustainability reporting

James Shaw

12 Dec 16 - A proposal to make the Government report on environmental and social progress alongside economic performance is to go before Parliament.

ZERO EMISSIONS: Study will show us how to do it

Paul Sammon

9 Dec 16 - An international economist is in New Zealand preparing a report on how the country can cut all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

It's going well, says PM, as we pick up another fossil award

John Key

18 Nov 16 - The Prime Minister says the Emissions Trading Scheme is operating “pretty well”.

Key will talk climate change with Trump

Donald Trump

18 Nov 16 - Climate change will be one of the first subjects New Zealand raises with US President-elect Donald Trump, the Prime Minister says.

Treasury eyes action on cost of rising seas

Bill English

15 Nov 16 - Treasury is looking at setting up a working party into how much climate change-induced sea-level rise will cost the country – even if its minister doesn’t think it’s a good idea.

DODGY CREDITS: What does Treasury really think?

15 Nov 16 - Treasury’s opinion on whether New Zealand should retire more carbon credits to make up for the “dodgy” units it surrendered to meet it first emissions reduction pledge remains tantalisingly out of...

NO WORRIES: Science will fix emissions, says PM

John Key

20 Oct 16 - PRIME MINISTER John Key says New Zealand can cut greenhouse gas emissions while increasing agricultural production, despite advice to the contrary.

PARIS PACT: Farmers play it short and sweet

23 Sep 16 - Federated Farmers has surprisingly little to say about the Paris Agreement – and that’s possibly a good sign for the climate.

PARIS PACT: Gen Zero does the job for MPs

23 Sep 16 - A group of twenty-somethings has fronted up to hardened politicians and told them not to worry, they’re drafting a Zero Carbon Act for them.

No way, Nick, you can't claim credit for the ETS

Nick Smith

22 Sep 16 - The Government is doing it again – claiming to have introduced the Emissions Trading Scheme when it actually voted against it.

Minister way off mark on EVs, says transport expert

15 Sep 16 - Government suggestions that improved fuel efficiency will get New Zealand’s transport emissions under control are nonsense, an expert says.


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