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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 […]

Lima climate talks pave path to Paris 2015

John Kerr posted in on December 15th, 2014.

The latest round of climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, has concluded, setting out the framework for further negotiations and final agreement in Paris next year. A key point of contention at the Lima meeting was the level of responsibility split between developed countries and poorer developing countries. This developing/developed split was included in the final […]

NZ forgoes Kyoto for new climate plan – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 12th, 2012.

New Zealand will not commit to a second round of Kyoto Protocol emissions reductions but will instead make pledges under the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change, the Government said last week. The move sees New Zealand join several of the world’s largest emitters, including the US, China and India, in negotiating a replacement […]

NZ faces moral obligations as climate changes hit – scientist

Peter Griffin posted in on November 21st, 2011.

New Zealand may initially get off relatively lightly as the world increasingly experiences the consequences of climate change, but will still face moral obligations to harder-hit vulnerable nations, warn scientists.    A UN report released on Friday in Uganda found that increasing human emissions had “likely” – defined as a 66-100 percent probability – caused more […]

UN chief pushes for climate action

John Kerr posted in on September 8th, 2011.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon left no room form confusion over his stance on climate change at the Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland this week. Ban Ki-Moon had already expressed the need for Australia and New Zealand to act on climate change in the days preceding the forum, so it came as no surprise when […]

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Newsletter Digest: Biodiversity, bariatric surgery and Running Hot

Peter Griffin posted in on October 29th, 2010.

Biodiversity deal hangs in balance Representatives of 190 countries are working down to the wire at a UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan to agree on a treaty to protect the world’s ecosystems. The COP10 meeting on biodiversity, which concludes this evening, is aiming to set global goals for preserving biodiversity and preventing […]

Radio NZ: International climate body to be reviewed

Peter Griffin posted in on March 11th, 2010.

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has asked that the work of the IPCC be reviewed by the world’s science agencies. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Mr Ban said the overall concept of man-made climate change was robust, and action to curb emissions badly needed. “Work will be co-ordinated by the Inter-Academy Council, which will […]

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