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No ‘silver bullet’ for agricultural emissions – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 20th, 2016.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright released her latest report on Wednesday, this time turning her attention to the issue of agricultural greenhouse gases. Methane and nitrous oxide – dubbed the biological greenhouse gases – make up about half New Zealand’s total emissions, Dr Wright said. If New Zealand had a chance […]

International agreement to curb greenhouse gases – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 17th, 2016.

Dignitaries meeting in Kigali have pledged to phase-out the use of harmful greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning. Nearly 200 countries struck a deal to amend the Montreal Protocol to address hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), predicting the reduced emissions could prevent up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming. The Montreal Protocol was agreed […]

The clock is ticking on our carbon budget – Jonathan Boston

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 11th, 2016.

Now that the Government has ratified the Paris Agreement, the clock is ticking on action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, writes Victoria University Professor of Public Policy Jonathan Boston on An excerpt (read in full): Imagine allocating the remaining global carbon budget of about 260 billion tonnes on a per capita basis. New […]

NZ ratifies Paris Agreement – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 6th, 2016.

New Zealand became the 63rd country to ratify the Paris Agreement – getting in ahead of the European Union and within the first 55 per cent of countries required to meet the threshold to bring the agreement into force. New Zealand has pledged to reduce emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. […]

Welcome to the age of the Anthropocene – Tim Naish

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 26th, 2016.

Is the “Anthropocene” an exercise in geological bureaucracy or something socially more significant – Victoria University’s Professor Tim Naish writes in Fairfax’s science page – Catalyst. An excerpt (read in full): Welcome to the age of the “Anthropocene”. This is to be known as the period of geological history in which human activities left an […]

Call to arms to avert climate change losses – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 12th, 2016.

A group of international scientists – including a New Zealander – is calling for a global effort to help predict how climate change will affect species. While sophisticated mathematical models can help scientists forecast outcomes under climate change, they’re only as good as the data that goes into the models, the researchers wrote in Science. […]

Price effect of breaking away from Kyoto Protocol – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 16th, 2016.

A new report says the Government would have got better bang for its buck if it had de-linked the emissions trading scheme promptly after announcing it would not sign up to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Motu Economic and Public Policy Research released the paper today, outlining the financial consequences of leaving […]

UPDATED: Report points finger at ‘climate cheats’ – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 15th, 2016.

In its second ‘Climate Cheats’ report, the Morgan Foundation names 12 New Zealand companies that traded in ‘hot air’ carbon credits. The report follows on from Climate Cheats, released in April, which outlined the rise of questionable carbon credits from Russia and Ukraine that New Zealand used to meet climate commitments. The report is available […]

Climate change facts for Kiwis – Tim Naish and James Renwick

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 6th, 2016.

Writing in the New Zealand Herald, Victoria University of Wellington professors Tim Naish and James Renwick – ahead of their nationwide speaking tour – outline 10 facts New Zealanders might not know about climate change. An excerpt (read in full). Ten things New Zealand can learn about climate change 1 Wellington has the longest continuous carbon dioxide […]

More work needed on environmental reporting – PCE

John Kerr posted in on June 30th, 2016.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright,  has released her commentary on a wide-ranging ‘State of the Environment’ report published last year, saying that the Ministry for the Environment needs to give more direction to policy makers. The Environment Aotearoa 2015 report, released by the Ministry and Statistics News Zealand last year, covered […]

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