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Meat the future – Ralph Sims

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 24th, 2016.

By mid-century, it’s estimated the world’s population will exceed 9 billion and they’ll need to be fed, writes Massey University’s Professor Ralph Sims. An excerpt (read in full): Unfortunately, methane emissions from the digestion processes of cattle, sheep and deer and nitrous oxide emissions from animal urine and fertilisers are proving challenging to reduce. We […]

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What might Trump mean for science? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 10th, 2016.

As the world responds to a Trump presidency – experts are already turning their thoughts to what that could mean for science, especially health and climate change. During his campaign, Donald Trump said he would repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and reinforced his stance as a climate sceptic. The Washington Post reported that the […]

Carbon hide and seek? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 3rd, 2016.

A new report from the Morgan Foundation says the Government will change forestry accounting rules to meet the 2030 climate change target. The report claims that a covert plan will allow an estimated 79 million tonnes of excess greenhouse gas emissions, equating to near a year’s worth of emissions being wiped off the books. The […]

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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 stuff.co.nz. 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 […]

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