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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 […]

Agriculture culprit behind methane rise – In the News

John Kerr posted in on March 11th, 2016.

Increases in agriculture are the likely cause of a global rise in methane emissions over the last decade, according to New Zealand research published today in the journal Science. The concentration of greenhouse gas methane in the atmosphere rose steadily over the last century, before flattening out in the late 90’s.Then in 2006 methane levels […]

Ozone loss slows, new climate impacts loom – global report

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 11th, 2014.

Destruction of the planet’s protective ozone layer is slowing, according to the latest scientific assessment, but full impacts on global climate are still coming clear. The first comprehensive update on global ozone in four years has been released today from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The Assessment for Decision-Makers, […]

Brian Fallow on NZ emissions targets

John Kerr posted in on March 7th, 2013.

In the New Zealand Herald, Economics Editor Brain Fallow takes a look at the government’s struggle with emissions reduction. An excerpt (read in full here): Govt in bind over emissions target Promising technology takes a blow, while primary policy intended to curb growth is in utter disarray. A big decision the Government has to make […]

3 News: Govt pledges $50M to reducing greenhouse gases

Peter Griffin posted in on March 4th, 2010.

Samantha Hayes of 3 News reports on Prime Minister John Key’s pledge of $50 million towards research into reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically to do so, a new centre has been opened in Palmerston North, with $5 million each year for the next ten years. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Proof the Government […]

RuralNews: Breakthrough in livestock emissions

Peter Griffin posted in on February 15th, 2010.

Hamish Carnachan of Rural News reports on the recent mapping of a methanogen genome. It is hoped that the breakthrough, made by scientists from AgResearch, will contribute substantially in efforts to find ways of mitigating pastoral greenhouse gase emissions. An excerpt: (read in full here) “They have successfully mapped the genetic information of one of […]

Dom Post: Scientists show methane levels up

Peter Griffin posted in on December 23rd, 2009.

Kiran Chug of the Dominion post reports new evidence which has shown that methane levels worldwide are on the rise again, following years of staying at the same level. The gas – a potent greenhouse gas – contributes to global warming, and there are concerns that climate change could, in turn, contribute to larger releases […]

NZ Herald: Recession no bar to fossil fuel emissions

Peter Griffin posted in on November 30th, 2009.

Eloise Gibson writes about a recent report which suggests that, while the global recession did impact greenhouse gas emissions a little, the effect was not significant. Indeed, the report suggests that as economies recover, so too will emissions, with the worry being the the earth’s natural carbon sinks could be overloaded if emissions continue to […]

Nitrous oxide – the big baddie of greenhouse gases

Peter Griffin posted in on August 28th, 2009.

Nitrous oxide, which comes from natural and man-made sources, is the most damaging of greenhouse gases according to scientists who have been modeling the impact of the gas on the ozone layer and on the climate. The agricultural sector is a major producer of nitrous oxide and extensive research is underway in New Zealand under […]

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