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2015 hottest year. By. Far.

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, January 21st, 2016 - 231 comments

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Not all research is created equal

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, January 17th, 2016 - 191 comments

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A recent “research” report on alcohol, funded by brewing company Lion, has been in the news lately. Sadly, not everything that purports to be research is honest research.

Robin Grieve does not understand the IPCC report

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, January 17th, 2016 - 82 comments

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The Herald has printed an opinion piece by ex ACT candidate Robin Grieve Robin Grieve which claims that the IPCC has said we have nothing to worry about climate change when a cursory reading of the report suggests otherwise.  What is it with the quality of Herald opinion pieces presented by former ACT candidates?

The unexpected oil crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, January 16th, 2016 - 186 comments

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The world is currently facing a problem that even a few years ago was unthinkable.  Oil is cheap and demand has dropped out of the market.  What are the geopolitical implications of this?

Royal Bank of Scotland to investors: “Sell everything”

Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, January 13th, 2016 - 154 comments

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The Bank of Scotland has advised advised its clients to brace for a “cataclysmic year” and a global deflationary crisis.

National’s vision for New Zealand’s future

Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, January 12th, 2016 - 94 comments

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Stephen Joyce has had published an opinion piece in this morning’s Herald which extolls the virtue of free trade and ignores the pitfalls.  Such as those shown this week when TransCanada sued the US Government for rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline contract.

The great carbon credit swindle

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, January 2nd, 2016 - 56 comments

In whose hands?

On December 17, 2015 the Government released a series reports suggesting that New Zealand is complying with Kyoto Protocol obligations.  A dig into the reports confirms however that the compliance is in name only and is for spin purposes rather than a real attempt at addressing the world’s most pressing problem.

We will always have Paris

Written By: - Date published: 7:09 am, December 27th, 2015 - 56 comments

Casablanca we will always have Paris

COP21 provided welcome commitment by the world’s nations to do something meaningful about climate change. But this is not enough. So what next?

Summer break

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 19th, 2015 - 46 comments

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Standardista authors are on summer break! There will be an Open Mike each day, but little or no other posting (unless an author feels particularly inspired). Here’s some summer reading suggestions – by all means add your own…

NZ and the emissions scams

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, December 18th, 2015 - 11 comments

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I/S at No Right Turn did some excellent work yesterday on the scams that underly New Zealand’s claims to be meeting its emissions targets.

The ink wasn’t dry on COP21 when…

Written By: - Date published: 12:36 pm, December 17th, 2015 - 11 comments

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Apparently solar panels suck up all the sun’s energy and cause cancer

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, December 16th, 2015 - 59 comments

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Elected representatives in Woodland North Carolina were persuaded by arguments that solar panels were sucking up all of the sun’s energy, were preventing plants from photosynthesising and were causing cancer to ban a proposed solar panel farm.

Rhetoric and reality: Nats on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, December 15th, 2015 - 55 comments

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The Nats want to wallow in the feel-good rhetoric of COP21 action to address climate change. But it’s clear that they don’t intend to take the “ambitious action” they are heralding.

John Key is relaxed about COP21

Written By: - Date published: 3:09 pm, December 14th, 2015 - 34 comments

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The Government has responded to the COP21 convention agreement with the suggestion that little will need to change. And John Key has put the likely annual cost of fulfilling our pledge at less than a tenth of the figure that Tim Groser has used.

COP21 – More than we expected, less that we needed

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, December 14th, 2015 - 108 comments

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The dust is settling on COP21. After some initial optimism based on early reports, it’s clear that we didn’t get what we needed from Paris.

COP21 and the implications for New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, December 13th, 2015 - 56 comments

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COP21 has set the benchmark, no greater than 1.5 degrees increase in global temperatures. But current national pledges suggest that the world is on track for at least 3 degrees.  And if New Zealand’s effort was replicated throughout the world the increase would be more like 4 degrees or more.  So what should New Zealand be doing?

COP21 making history

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 am, December 13th, 2015 - 129 comments

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Big news from COP21 in Paris, with a final draft of the agreement just released. It is sounding surprisingly good, 1.5 degree target, “fair, durable, balanced and legally-binding”.

Sua William Sio: COP21 and the Pacific Islands

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 12th, 2015 - 25 comments

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Labour MP and associate spokesperson for Foreign Affairs (Pacific Climate Change) Sua William Sio describes the repercussions of a COP21 conference that does not agree to limiting global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees.

New Zealand wins fossil of the day award – again

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, December 11th, 2015 - 43 comments

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For a small country New Zealand is certainly punching above its weight.  It has been awarded a second fossil of the day award by the Climate Action Network.

Paula Bennett, Climate Change Minister?

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, December 8th, 2015 - 68 comments

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Despite having no scientific background, no relevant experience and no related portfolios Paula Bennett is the new Minister in charge of Climate Change Issues.

Hard Numbers to Remember.

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 8th, 2015 - 32 comments

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This post is essentially a distillation of two presentations given by Kevin Anderson at the Earth 101 gathering in Iceland earlier this year. You can view them here and here I highly recommend that you do as they are packed with high quality, no nonsense information. For those who don’t know, Kevin Anderson was the director of the Tyndall Centre, the UK’s leading academic climate change research organization and is a professor of energy and climate change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester.

The Anthropocene

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, December 7th, 2015 - 21 comments

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Heavy flooding in Chennai and the North of England is the latest in a long line of recent extreme weather events. Welcome to the Anthropocene.

Rabblerave: New Zealand’s Next Top Model Politician

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, December 6th, 2015 - 33 comments

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Invisiphilia analyses events of last week where environmental collective responsibility is finally gaining control over neo-liberalist philosophy and the old notion of an environmentalist being a sandal wearing, mong bean eaters has finally been given a decent burial.

TiSA reduces COP21 to a charade

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, December 5th, 2015 - 13 comments

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That National Ltd™ is currently in the process of giving away New Zealand’s sovereignty in areas such as energy resources and related regulations, explains its contempt for the environment and the talking down of expectations regarding climate change.

Helen Clark on A Zero-Carbon Future

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, December 5th, 2015 - 48 comments

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Good piece by Helen Clark on Huff Post: “Paris must be a catalyst for stepped up climate action. The world must move towards a zero-carbon future. There is no room for short-sightedness or a lack of ambition.”

Morgan on Key’s climate change cheat

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, December 4th, 2015 - 29 comments

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Gareth Morgan calls Key out as a climate change cheat, and concludes that “We are dangerously close to being laughed out of Paris”.

Dunedin leads the way

Written By: - Date published: 4:14 pm, December 3rd, 2015 - 7 comments

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On carbon emissions I don’t have any hope for NZ under National, which is still stuck in a stupid fossil fuel mentality. I do have hope for the people, organisations, and regions within NZ who are collectively taking action. And I’m proud that my home of Dunedin is leading the way.

Mopping up the fossil fuels subsidy shame

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, December 3rd, 2015 - 17 comments

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McClay said he could not answer the specific question because he had “been advised” no such data exists.

How convenient.

The great greenhouse gas research funding switcherooni

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, December 2nd, 2015 - 19 comments

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John Key has announced an increase in funding on research into the reduction of agricultural emissions of greenhouse gasses of $20 million over four years or $5 million a year.  Which is the amount the Government cut from this research two months ago.

The official New Zealand COP21 negotiating guide

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, December 1st, 2015 - 13 comments

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The Youth Delegation at COP 21 has secured a copy of the Government’s negotiation guide and has published it …

The ALP’s climate change emissions reduction target

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, November 30th, 2015 - 10 comments

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The Australian Labor Party will today announce its goals for emissions reduction with a plan for zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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