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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 […]

PCE calls for action on sea level rise – expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on November 20th, 2015.

New Zealand needs to do more to prepare for the consequences of rising sea levels, warns the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment in a new report. In the report, titled, Preparing New Zealand for rising seas: Certainty and Uncertainty, Commissioner Dr Jan Wright outlines the risks posed by rising sea levels, including flooding and erosion. […]

Sea level rise report in the news

John Kerr posted in on November 28th, 2014.

A new report outlining the science behind the future’s inevitable sea level rise – and how it will impact on New Zealanders – has been widely covered in national media. The report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science, clearly lays out the evidence base for predicted increases in sea […]

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Sea level rise to impact on New Zealanders – report

Laura Goodall posted in on November 27th, 2014.

Flooding and erosion from rising sea levels are likely to significantly impact on New Zealanders in our lifetimes, warns the latest report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. Commissioner Dr Jan Wright released the report titled Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science this afternoon, which lays out the science behind sea level rise and […]

Commisioner calls for clarity on clean water proposals

John Kerr posted in on February 5th, 2014.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is calling on government to pick up its game on water standards. Current proposals for freshwater management are not adequate for protecting water quality to even existing levels in New Zealand, according to the Commissioner. Dr Wright outlined her concerns in a submission on Government’s proposed National Objectives Framework […]

Shifts in farming put pressure on water quality – report

John Kerr posted in on November 21st, 2013.

Changes in the way New Zealanders use land are negatively affecting the water quality of our lakes and rivers and we need to do something about it, according to the latest report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. The Commissioner Dr Jan Wright released the report titled Water quality in New Zealand: Land use […]

Govt must ‘sort out’ conservation land in limbo – PCE

John Kerr posted in on August 21st, 2013.

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright,  is calling on the government to “sort out” land classed as ‘stewardship land’ —  a poorly protected category of conservation land in New Zealand. Dr Wright has expressed her concerns in a new report, Investigating the future of conservation: The case of stewardship land, which was released […]

Longfin eels – PCE calls for commercial fishing moratorium

Dacia Herbulock posted in on April 17th, 2013.

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright has launched a new report, On a pathway to extinction? An investigation into the status and management of the longfin eel. Commercial fishing of native freshwater eels is currently permitted under the quota management system, despite mounting concerns that the iconic endemic longfin eel may be headed […]

Fracking in New Zealand – experts on the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report

Peter Griffin posted in on November 27th, 2012.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, today released her report on hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The PCE’s report covers the background, environmental risks, current oversight and future implications of the use of unconventional techniques in oil and gas production in New Zealand. The Science Media Centre has gathered comment from scientists and independent […]

Inquiry will clear the air on fracking – editorial

John Kerr posted in on April 3rd, 2012.

The editorial in today’s (Tuesday 3rd April) New Zealand Herald welcomes the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s announcement of an official inquiry into  fracking. An excerpt (read in full here): Editorial: Probe should yield clarity on fracking The inquiry into fracking being undertaken by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is extremely welcome. The technique, […]

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