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Trying to get the truth out of a Nat

Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, March 27th, 2015 - 44 comments

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Russel Norman tries to get the truth out of Simon Bridges. Bridges really really doesn’t want to admit that NZ’s emissions have increased by 20% from 2008 to 2012. 5 minutes and 10 seconds of painful nonsense to get an answer…

NRT: Who is lying here?

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, March 18th, 2015 - 25 comments

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GST wasn’t Key’s only bungle yesterday. I/S at No Right Turn reports…

Keep it in the ground

Written By: - Date published: 2:09 pm, March 17th, 2015 - 14 comments

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The Second Climate Change Problem

Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, March 12th, 2015 - 23 comments

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Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence

NRT: Climate change: The first climate war

Written By: - Date published: 3:10 pm, March 3rd, 2015 - 41 comments

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One of the predictions about climate change is that climate change-induced drought and famine will lead to more wars. Sadly, it turns out that what is happening in Syria is one of those wars.

Obama vetos Keystone pipeline

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, February 26th, 2015 - 8 comments

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Too little, too late, but a victory the environment (and for sanity) none the less.

The Save Invermay Campaign

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, February 23rd, 2015 - 8 comments

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National is letting the regions wither. None more so than (Labour voting) Dunedin, with the closure of the Hillside Workshop, the underfunding of Dunedin Hospital, and the planned closure of the agricultural research center at near-by Invermay. Check out Dunedin North MP David Clark’s video update on Invermay.

Global divestment day

Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, February 14th, 2015 - 7 comments

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“We are demanding institutions do what is necessary to avert the climate crisis by divesting from fossil fuels. Together, we are making fossil fuels history.”

The drought

Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, February 13th, 2015 - 37 comments

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Drought has been declared for a huge region of the South Island. Weather extremes are going to be the new normal – why aren’t we adapting?

If only Key was as passionate about climate change

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, February 12th, 2015 - 43 comments

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John Key gave a somewhat rousing speech about how New Zealand would not stand back when dealing with the ISIS tyranny. It made me wonder why he is not passionate about dealing with a problem that has the potential of wrecking much of the world’s environment and making much of it it uninhabitable.

North of 2

Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, February 1st, 2015 - 138 comments

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The international energy agency’s (IEA) view on climate change is that we are “on track for a 3.5°C rise by 2040″ (i.e. 4.2°C relative to pre-industrial).

Fatih Birol – IEA chief economist said (3 years ago)

When I look at this data, the trend is perfectly in line with a temperature increase of 6 degrees Celsius, which would have devastating consequences for the planet….we have 5 years to change the energy system – or have it changed

 

PM’s science award winners on the sell-off

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, January 31st, 2015 - 27 comments

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“The Government’s continuing attempts to divest itself of state housing overlook the enormous benefits to society which these homes produce in alleviating severe housing shortages. They were built up by successive generations of New Zealanders, and to “sell them off” under the pretence of efficiency is a disservice to all of us, whether we’re homeowners or renters.”

Only in Queensland

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 pm, January 25th, 2015 - 13 comments

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Queensland Liberal Country Party Premier Campbell Newman has claimed that the Queensland Labor Party is funded by gangs because some people have told him so.  Yet he refuses to acknowledge the urgency of climate change even though pretty well every climate change scientist in the world is telling him it is real and we need to act now.  Can you detect the scent of hypocrisy?

The last gasp of oil

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, January 23rd, 2015 - 109 comments

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Fracking has created a short term oil glut. That’s bad news for climate change. Could we at least find a silver lining in this carbon cloud, or will it be business as usual?

2014 hottest year – a good thing!

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, January 18th, 2015 - 161 comments

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As widely reported, 2014 was the hottest year on record. And that’s a good thing!

A little place by the beach

Written By: - Date published: 2:26 pm, January 6th, 2015 - 120 comments

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2014 has been confirmed as the hottest year on record. If you own a little place by the beach you might want to ponder the implications…

What John Key actually believes in

Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, January 6th, 2015 - 146 comments

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Charlie Mitchell of the Dominion Post has analysed John Key’s formal speeches since 2007 to see what has from time to time been uppermost in Key’s mind. The results are interesting to say the least.

‘The future will be green or not at all’

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, January 2nd, 2015 - 275 comments

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Yesterday, on Outspoken at RNZ, Craig McCulloch interviewed Jeanette Fitzsimons, Gareth Morgan and Metiria Turei on the future of the Green Party. Morgan wants the Greens to shift away from “scary” economic policies.  Turei and Fitzsimons explain why not.

The Socialist Pope

Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, December 29th, 2014 - 54 comments

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Pope Francis has created a stir recently.  He has been instrumental in the ending by the United States of sanctions against Cuba, he has criticised the Curia for being inwardly focussed and not sufficiently concerned for the poor and he has reached out to Muslims.  And to top things off he is intending to issue a Papal Encyclical on climate change and will be urging countries to enter into a meaningful agreement on climate change.

So what is happening with the price of oil?

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, December 18th, 2014 - 137 comments

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The price of crude oil has nearly halved in the past six months and is causing massive repercussions throughout the world with both the Russian economy and the American Shale Oil industry under threat.  The geopolitical implications are complex.

Another failure at Lima

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, December 14th, 2014 - 70 comments

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While I have come to expect nothing from the annual climate change talks, this years’ failure is particularly galling because of the active role that NZ played in it.

This is not business as usual. This is not some hippy over-reaction. This is serious shit!

Written By: - Date published: 4:18 pm, December 11th, 2014 - 55 comments

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New author Mandy Hager joins us with some reflections on having become a grandmother: “So that’s why I’m speaking out now, every opportunity I get. Not because I like the exposure (shudder), but because I love this tiny little person and I will fight for his future, come what may. It’s the right thing to do. …”

Climate change is too important to lie about

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, December 8th, 2014 - 149 comments

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First instinct, lie. When caught, trivialise and try to deny the science. When pushed, argue that we have to wait for others. When cornered, plead that it’s all about the economy, and promise to act later. Groser is as bad as Key.

Heads in the Sand protest this Sunday

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, December 7th, 2014 - 24 comments

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The Coal Action Network is planning a series of protests this Sunday to highlight how this Government has its head planted firmly in the sand when it comes to addressing climate change.

Groser and National have a plan to save the world from global warming

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 pm, December 6th, 2014 - 60 comments

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Tim Groser and National have a plan to solve global warming so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel.

Hot Topic: CROWDFUNDING THIN ICE: THE FINAL PUSH

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, November 19th, 2014 - 17 comments

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The Kickstarter campaign to get climate documentary Thin Ice shown on public TV in the USA is closing in on its target … with 4 days to go.
Updated:  Now within $2000 of the target having raised more than $4000 since yesterday afternoon. Help them get over the line.

John Key and the Fart Tax

Written By: - Date published: 3:16 pm, November 17th, 2014 - 35 comments

Momentum is building for action on climate change – but Key reckons it’s all just too hard for little old NZ. If only the Nats hadn’t killed of funding for research into the reduction of agricultural emissions…

Polity: Bonza

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, November 17th, 2014 - 39 comments

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Poor old Tony Abbott. Thrust into the limelight of hosting the world’s biggest economic meeting, and his true colours come out for everyone to see. Not a happy weekend for Tony Abbott and, by extension, for Australia. Perhaps “bumpkin” would be a better title

Why does the right control the English speaking world?

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, November 16th, 2014 - 116 comments

Keep calm vote left

Jason Wilson in the Guardian has asked a very relevant question.  Why is the right currently dominant in the English speaking Western World and what does the left have to do to change this?

Nats’ climate negligence

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, November 13th, 2014 - 37 comments

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Yesterday was a big day for climate news, highlighting yet again the irresponsible negligence of this National government.

Hot Topic: Climate documentary Thin Ice raising money for US broadcast

Written By: - Date published: 2:21 pm, November 10th, 2014 - 6 comments

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Thin Ice, the superb documentary about climate science and scientists filmed and produced by New Zealand and British climate scientists, has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to finance a new edit of the film so that it can be shown on public TV in the US. 14 days to go and they need a bit more cash.

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