COP15 update – Food miles, forestry and extreme mitigation

Consumer guilt over the distance food travels from paddock to plate is misguided according to a report released at Copenhagen last night by the International Institute for Environment and Development and Oxfam.

While the report will please export-orientated producers, New Zealand has been attacked on another front by conservation groups over forestry accounting proposals it endorses.

Download Fair Miles, Recharting the food miles map here.

The SMC has set up a COP15 resource page here.

Global Day of Climate Action – events across Europe in support of this, including in Copenhagen (march starts 1pm) and here in New Zealand.

10.00 – 11.00: What can we do when things get out of hand? Extreme mitigation and adaptation scenarios: What could be done in this worst case scenario and to what extent could geoengineering be a viable scenario?
Holland Climate House

12.00 – 12.30: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): on the road to the next Report.
Press Conference Room

13.00 – 14.30: Renewable energy – the key solution to mitigate climate change. Renewable energy industry representatives highlight the importance of renewable energy in mitigating climate change and of proactive policy frameworks.
Niels Bohr

13.15 – 14.30: Meat – how far can governments go in influencing lifestyle? Present meat consumption in industrialised countries is unsustainable. Taking meat as a case-study, this session will discuss how far governments can go in influencing the lifestyles of their citizens.
Holland Climate House

Updates from the AusSMC:

IMAGES (updated on 11 Dec)
More new images have been added to our flickr site at including photos of Climate Change Minister Penny Wong at the Conference.

Audio is being added to our web page at:

If you are in Copenhagen and require assistance tracking down an expert, contact the AusSMC’s Nigel Kerby on (+45) 2660 7655 (Danish mobile) or email

Further Information
To talk to any of the experts quoted above contact the Science Media Centre on tel: 04 499 5476 or email: