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Environment Commissioner reports on agricultural greenhouse gases – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 19th, 2016.

A new report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright, has called for New Zealanders to work together to tackle the “complex problem of the biological greenhouse gases from agriculture”. Methane and nitrous oxide form about half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, but there have been many false starts in dealing with […]

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 […]

UPDATED: Is New Zealand a climate cheat? Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 18th, 2016.

New Zealand’s use of ‘hot air’ credits from Ukraine and Russia means we are cheating on our climate commitments, says a new report from the Morgan Foundation. The report, Climate Cheat, released this morning, outlines the rise of questionable carbon credits provided by the Ukraine and Russia in  2011-12, and New Zealand’s use of these […]

Latest carbon trading stats – expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on August 21st, 2015.

The latest data from the New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme, now in its eighth year of operation, is now out from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). According to the report, NZ ETS 2014 – Facts and figures, nearly all of the emission units handed in by companies in the scheme were purchased from offshore projects — so-called […]

NZ forgoes Kyoto for new climate plan – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 12th, 2012.

New Zealand will not commit to a second round of Kyoto Protocol emissions reductions but will instead make pledges under the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change, the Government said last week. The move sees New Zealand join several of the world’s largest emitters, including the US, China and India, in negotiating a replacement […]

NZ Herald: Anthony Doesburg – Where’s the carbon? You’re standing on it

Peter Griffin posted in on July 12th, 2010.

Anthony Doesburg writes in the NZ Herald about soil carbon, and scientists’ efforts to measure just how much is contained in our ground and how to increase, rather than decrease, it. Soil contains more carbon than the atmosphere and plants combined, but as yet there’s no accurate way to measure just how much there is. […]

Emissions trading scheme launched

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 1st, 2010.

The revised emissions trading scheme (ETS) passed into law last November comes into effect today, 1 July. The scheme represents a first attempt to price carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions into the economy, in a bid to reduce emissions growth. New Zealand emissions have grown by over 20% above 1990 levels, which are […]

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Soil carbon: Key to cutting emissions?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 21st, 2010.

ONLINE MEDIA BRIEFING: Thurs 24 June, 10:30 am (NZT) Did you know that there’s more carbon in the dirt beneath our feet than in the air above our heads? Soils hold at least twice as much carbon as the atmosphere, and they also store more carbon than the world’s forests and other vegetation combined. Although […]

TVNZ/One News: Scientists work with farmers to cut emissions

Peter Griffin posted in on June 10th, 2010.

In order to help farmers make the best greenhouse gas mitigation choices, NIWA scientists are travelling the country to learn more about how paddocks emit these gases. The study will include  looking at the effectiveness of chemical sprays currently used to decrease nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural land. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Farmer […]

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