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Opportunities to act now on climate change – report

John Kerr posted in on April 27th, 2016.

There are numerous ways New Zealand can tackle climate change, says a new report, but we must act now. The Royal Society of New Zealand’s climate mitigation report, launched this morning, outlines how New Zealand can shift to a low-carbon economy, reducing greenhouse gas emission across a range of sectors, including: heat supply electricity supply […]

Have we reached peak emissions? Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on December 8th, 2015.

As the COP21 climate negotiations gather pace in Paris, new research suggests global carbon emissions are projected to fall in 2015. This drop in emissions is a turnaround from the more than 2 per cent growth seen on average for the previous decade. It also comes at a time when the world is experiencing global […]

Australian carbon emission targets – expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on August 11th, 2015.

The Australian federal government announced today its plans to cut carbon emissions by between 26 and 28 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030. The announced target comes ahead of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015. In preparation for creating an international climate […]

‘Creative accounting’ in NZ climate targets — watchdog

John Kerr posted in on July 13th, 2015.

New Zealand is far from doing its “fair share” of climate action, with its climate plans rated as “inadequate” by an independent international analysis: the Climate Action Tracker. “New Zealand’s climate target shows it’s far from doing its ‘fair share,’ and is anything but ambitious,” said Bill Hare, CEO and Senior Scientist at Climate Analytics, […]

Forestry scheme reboot – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 12th, 2015.

The Government is restarting a forestry scheme that will pay landowners to plant forests, aiming to prevent erosion, improve water quality and mitigate our greenhouse gas emissions. This week the Government confirmed the Afforestation Grant Scheme will invest $22.5 million in forest planting over the next 6 years. The scheme provides grants of $1,300 a […]

Global carbon budget – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on September 22nd, 2014.

Carbon dioxide emissions, the main contributor to global warming, are set to rise again in 2014 – reaching a record high of 40 billion tonnes, according to a new global stock-take. A 2.5 per cent projected rise in burning fossil fuels is revealed by the Global Carbon Budget 2014, an analysis published in the journal Earth […]

IPCC mitigation report in the news

John Kerr posted in on April 17th, 2014.

The release of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s third and final fifth assessment (AR5) report has garnered much media attention in New Zealand. The Working Group 3 report on greenhouse gas mitigation was finalised in Berlin this week and outlines the research showing that stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere requires […]

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Greenhouse Gas Inventory takes stock of emissions

John Kerr posted in on April 11th, 2014.

The Ministry for the Environment has issued its latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory (1990-2012) and Net Position — the official annual report of human caused emissions of greenhouse gases in New Zealand. The inventory is produced each year as part of New Zealand’s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the […]

Australian ETS bill passed – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on October 12th, 2011.

The Government’s emissions trading legislation – the Clean Energy Future package – was passed the Australian Lower House of Representatives by 74 votes to 72 after weeks of debate. Although the legislation still has to be approved by the senate, the majority held by the current Government and the Green party in the senate suggest […]

PODCAST: Green energy speakers from NZBio 2011

John Kerr posted in on March 30th, 2011.

Here are two more podcasts from the 2011 NZBio conference held in Auckland (March 21 – 23, 2011). These particular presentations were from the session titled ‘Clean Green 100% New Zealand: Powering the Globe‘, which focused on how New Zealand companies are tackling the question of clean energy in innovative ways. Dr Will Barker, VP […]

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