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New tools needed to cut agricultural emissions – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 19th, 2016.

One billion tonnes. That’s how much the global agricultural industry needs to cut its emissions per year by 2030 to achieve the goals set at COP21 in Paris, according to a new study. An international team of scientists – including a New Zealander – calculated the required emissions cuts based on the goal of keeping […]

SMC BRIEFING: Climate change and the Pacific

John Kerr posted in on February 17th, 2016.

With a warmer future set to hit our Pacific neighbours hardest, is there still a chance to turn the tide? The first ever conference on climate change and the Pacific, ‘In the Eye of the Storm‘,  is being held this week in Wellington at Victoria University. The conference brings together Pacific community representatives, scientists, artists, politicians […]

Climate deal reached in Paris – In the News

John Kerr posted in on December 14th, 2015.

After two week of negotiations more than 190 countries have agreed to to an international deal to tackle climate change. The agreement, which was released in the early hours of Sunday morning (NZT), sets the goal of limiting the world’s rise in average temperature to “well below 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels and pursuing efforts […]

Climate deal agreed in Paris – Expert reaction

Peter Griffin posted in on December 13th, 2015.

UPDATED: After two weeks of negotiating, the representatives of more than 190 nations have settled on a agreed plan to tackle climate change. The agreement, which was released in the early hours of Sunday morning NZT, sets the goal of limiting the world’s rise in average temperature to “well below 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels […]

Penultimate draft released at COP21 – In the News

John Kerr posted in on December 11th, 2015.

The latest draft of the climate agreement in Paris has just been published this morning (NZT). Parties to the conference will work on the new document overnight in Paris, aiming to have a revised version in the morning. From there it will be a final stretch to have a settled agreement by Saturday. The debate […]

The latest from COP21 – In the News

John Kerr posted in on December 10th, 2015.

The UN climate conference in Paris is grinding on with negotiators working to reach an agreed document by the weekend. Here’s some of the latest coverage The biggest development in the the Paris climate talks has been the issuing of a new draft agreement this morning, comprising a shorter 29 page document. While a simpler […]

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1.5°C limit still on the table at climate negotiations – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on December 10th, 2015.

A new draft has been presented to delegates at the at the UN climate conference in Paris, offering a much slimmer version but still with many points of contention – not the least of which is whether the world should be aiming to keep the global rise in temperature under 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius. […]

Climate conference continues – In the News

John Kerr posted in on December 9th, 2015.

Ministers are now deep into negotiations at the UN climate conference in Paris, working to reach an agreed document by the weekend. The New Zealand Herald’s Jamie Morton and RNZ’s Chris Bramwell, both reporting from Paris, have covered the latest developments. New Zealand Herald: Optimism for climate accord RNZ: Climate change talks get serious RNZ: France […]

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 […]

First week of climate talks – In the News:

John Kerr posted in on December 4th, 2015.

Pressure is growing for negotiators to settle on a manageable draft agreement at UN climate talks in Paris. An official statement from the UN COP21 conference explains that the number of working groups has been decreased to accelerate negotiations and “a new text is expected on Thursday evening or Friday morning [local time]. “By Saturday […]

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