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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 […]

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. […]

Paris climate talks set to kick off – In the News

John Kerr posted in on November 27th, 2015.

The UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, which starts this Monday, has not been missed by the New Zealand media. There has been no shortage of commentary from New Zealand researchers, politicians and advocates in anticipation of the talks. Below is a quick wrap-up of recent articles and interviews. If you are wondering what all […]

Media reporting heats up ahead of climate talks

John Kerr posted in on November 23rd, 2015.

Despite the tragic attacks in Paris, the French capital is still to host the international negotiations aimed at keeping a warming climate in check. The 21st UN Conference of the Parties, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a […]

BRIEFING: Paris & climate talks

John Kerr posted in on November 20th, 2015.

International representatives are meeting in Paris this month to negotiate an agreement aimed at keeping the Earth’s warming climate in check. The Science Media Centre held an in-person and online briefing with experts to provide media with key information ahead of the COP 21 climate meeting. SPEAKERS: Prof Dave Frame– Director of the Climate Change […]

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NZ must do more on climate change – Ralph Chapman

John Kerr posted in on August 5th, 2015.

New Zealand is lagging behind in terms of climate change action, writes Associate Professor Ralph Chapman in an opinion article in today’s Dominion Post. An excerpt (read in full here): Pilots know that there is a brief window of time between losing oxygen and passing out, a period in which some life-saving action is possible. […]

UPDATED: NZ climate target announced – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on July 7th, 2015.

The Government has today announced a new New Zealand climate target in anticipation of an international climate agreement. According to the announcement on the Ministry for the Environment website: In July 2015, the New Zealand Government announced that our post-2020 climate change target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 […]

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