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NZ Herald: Power plays threaten climate summit

Peter Griffin posted in on December 2nd, 2010.

In an opinion piece in the New Zealand Herald, Brian Fallow writes about COP16, the latest international climate change talks, which are currently taking place in Cancun, Mexico. Unlike COP15, the heavily-publicised but ultimately ill-fated talks in Copenhagen last year, this year’s talks are a far quieter affair, and it isn’t expected that any major […]

NZ Herald: Back to NZ for the serious stuff

Peter Griffin posted in on December 23rd, 2009.

Fran O’Sullivan of the NZ Herald about New Zealand’s role, and its agenda, at the recent Copenhagen climate talks. Of particular note is the international research alliance to be headed by New Zealand, which will devoted to examining how best to mitigate agricultural emissions. An excerpt: (read in full here) “But irrespective of the flim-flam […]

The promise and shortcomings of Obama’s carbon deal

Peter Griffin posted in on December 19th, 2009.

UPDATED 10.30AM Sunday Dec 20: Scientists react to the news from Copenhagen this morning that an agreement to limit temperature increases to 2 degrees C has been reached by the US, China, India, Brazil and South Africa. Click here to download the Copenhagen Accord. Judy Lawrence, Senior Associate, NZ Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University comments: […]

Newsletter Digest: Copenhagen, In Memoriam

Peter Griffin posted in on December 18th, 2009.

Down to the wire for carbon deal Climate negotiators and heads of states will reconvene in a few hours with the aim of removing the hundreds of square brackets from a draft emissions reduction agreement. If the first week of the COP15 meetings was dominated by the split between the developed and developing nations, week […]

NZ Media Coverage of Copenhagen – Dec 17/18

Peter Griffin posted in on December 18th, 2009.

Fri 18/12 Radio NZ: Compromise offer rejected by Tuvalu NZ Herald/NZPA: NZ has ‘great hope’ for talks, Key tells Copenhagen NZ Herald: Key’s speech at the Copenhagen climate talks NBR: Key tells world leaders time to face reality Stuff: Key’s Copenhagen speech: time for agreement 3 News: Key at Copenhagen – ‘challenging and frustrating’ – […]

NZ Media Coverage of Copenhagen – Dec 15/16

Peter Griffin posted in on December 16th, 2009.

Wed 16/12 NZ Herald/NZPA: Smith: Next 48-hours of climate talks crucial Stuff: Last-ditch effort for climate deal Radio NZ: Climate talks moving too slowly – UN3 News: 3 News: China can export wind, solar power technology – Clark Stuff/The press: ‘Extremist tactics’ derail UN climate talks NZ Herald: NZ hopes to make splash with global […]

COP15 update – Food miles, forestry and extreme mitigation

Peter Griffin posted in on December 12th, 2009.

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 […]

COP15 update – China-US friction, climate aid, clean tech deals

Peter Griffin posted in on December 11th, 2009.

COP15 rolls into the weekend with a packed schedule of press conferences and meetings, many of them science-related, and several focusing on agricultural emissions related issues. See the COP15 website for details of webcast press conferences. The SMC has set up a COP15 resource page here. 09.30 – 10.30: Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research […]

Newsletter Digest:

Peter Griffin posted in on December 11th, 2009.

Interested in the entire newsletter?  Sign up for it here, and read archived editions here. (Links for both can be found on the SMC homepage) Shaky start for Copenhagen Week one of the COP15 climate change talks passed in a blur of press conference and closed door meetings while the airing of the Danish text […]

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COP15 update – Climate index, coral reefs and the Danish texts

Peter Griffin posted in on December 9th, 2009.

Day two at Copenhagen saw the release of the WMO’s last global temperature data, which suggests the current decade is the warmest on record. But the conference has also been dominated by the appearance of a leaked report dubbed the ‘Danish texts’. According to the Guardian, which published the draft report, the agreement “hands more […]

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