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Climate change costs world US$329 billion in damages

Today 10:30am - Led by the deadly and costly Hurricane Ida and massive flooding in Europe, the world racked up $329 billion in economic losses linked to severe weather last year, and only 38% of that bill was covered by insurance.

Net-zero transition will cost $275 trillion globally by 2050: McKinsey

Wednesday - The net-zero transition will cost $275 trillion globally by 2050 as low-emission activities are ramped up and high-emissions activities decrease, according to a new report from consultancy McKinsey & Company.

Rich countries could slash agricultural emissions by 62% by eating less meat

Wednesday - A move to reduce meat consumption could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by 62% across the world’s 54 richest countries and free up enough land to store 100 billion tonnes of carbon, a new study concludes.

Shipping emissions rise 4.9% in 2021

Tuesday - GLOBAL shipping’s carbon dioxide emissions posted year-on-year gains of 4.9% in 2021 and were higher than 2019, according to Simpson Spence & Young.

What will it take to shrink the carbon footprint of health care

Tuesday - One of the most instantly recognisable emblems of the past pandemic year is the discarded surgical mask: ground into mud at the edge of a walking path, caught in the branches of a tree, tangled around a seabird’s legs. Thanks to the pandemic, the waste and disposability associated with modern healthcare are more visible to the public than ever before.

Climate-adaptation funds have not reached half of ‘most vulnerable’ nations

Monday - Many countries in Africa and those experiencing armed conflict are struggling to access money set aside to prepare them for climate change, according to new research.

How climate change has altered Christmas

24 Dec 21 - While Hollywood's depiction of a white Christmas might be the northern hemisphere ideal, for many around the world the holiday is celebrated in very different weather. But, climate change is threatening both winter wonderlands and warmer Christmas traditions.


What is 'youthwashing' and is it dangerous for the climate movement?

24 Dec 21 - From protests to policy meetings, panels and public events, young people’s voices seem more prominent than ever on the global climate stage.

“We’re no longer totally f$%@ed. But we’re also far from totally unf$@%*ed!”

24 Dec 21 - Princeton energy researcher Jesse Jenkins accurately, and colorfully, pinpointed the weird moment we’ve arrived at in a recent tweet: “We’re no longer totally f$%@ed. But we’re also far from totally...

Controlled burning of natural environments could help offset our carbon emissions

24 Dec 21 - Planting trees and suppressing wildfires do not necessarily maximize the carbon storage of natural ecosystems. A new study has found that prescribed burning can actually lock in or increase carbon in...

How artists are taking on the climate crisis

24 Dec 21 - Over the last half century or more, numerous artists such as Gustav Metzger, Agnes Denes, Lothar Baumgarten, Edward Burtynsky, Chris Jordan, and Olafur Eliasson have created work that has focused...

The case for a new international crime called ecocide: Philippe Sands

23 Dec 21 - The British lawyer and author has held Nazis and presidents accountable for crossing the moral red line. Now, he argues, the time has come to pursue those who commit crimes against the environment.

Did 2021 deal a fatal blow to climate change denial?

22 Dec 21 - Data and extreme weather events are making it harder than ever to ignore our warming world. But climate change denial has also taken on a new form.

The ‘doomsday’ glacier is on the brink of collapse

20 Dec 21 - One of the ever-looming threats of climate change is sea level rise, which already threatens to displace millions of people worldwide and force them to move inland by the end of the century. A big...

Deforestation, climate change making outdoor work unsafe: study

20 Dec 21 - A double-blow of forest destruction and climate change has caused temperatures to soar in many tropical locations, making outdoor work unsafe for millions of workers, according to a new study.

The year in climate: The New Yorker

17 Dec 21 - This year, a lot of the things we’ve come to expect with the climate crisis happened: there were heavy rains (New York City beat its rainfall record twice in eleven days); there was a big global...

Google still ran ads on climate denial, despite promising to stop

17 Dec 21 - Google has struggled to uphold its recent pledge to stop running ads on content that promotes climate change denial, according to a new report from the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate...

Why big central banks are becoming climate warriors

17 Dec 21 - The world’s largest central banks have been joining the fight against climate change, figuring that they can’t ignore the mounting risks of doing nothing. Melting glaciers may be a huge leap from...

World's largest asset managers fail to back climate-action resolutions

16 Dec 21 - Many of the world's biggest money managers have pledged to make their investment portfolios reach net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by the mid-century. But they still aren't using their shareholder...


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Greener burials uncovered by new Canterbury research

Today 10:30am - Media Release - While many are striving to live in a more eco-friendly way, a...

Otari gets money to conserve native orchids

Wednesday - Media Release - Otari-Wiltons Bush has received a grant through Te Tahua Taiao...

Education and support needed for climate-concerned SMEs

Monday - Media Release - A new survey by business management platform, MYOB, has...

Native tree numbers on the rise in Bay of Plenty

23 Dec 21 - Media Release - The 775,000 native trees and shrubs planted by Bay of Plenty...

WCC seeks waste minimisation proposals

22 Dec 21 - Media Release - Expressions of Interest are now open for Wellington City...

Wellington councils draw down first green loans from Local Government Funding Agency

21 Dec 21 - Media Release - Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington have become the...

Air New Zealand seeking innovators for next generation aircraft

21 Dec 21 - Media Release - Air New Zealand wants to get a zero emissions aircraft in the...

The bird that measures Antarctic ice

20 Dec 21 - Media Release - It’s a bird, it’s a plane…It’s a laser-shooting electromagnetic...

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