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February breaks all records

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, March 15th, 2016 - 93 comments

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The evidence that we have significantly underestimated the speed of climate change is mounting steadily.

Go, technology, inequality, the future of work

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, March 13th, 2016 - 42 comments

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Miscellaneous Sunday morning meanderings on technology, inequality and the future of work.

Jeanette Fitzsimons calls to scrap the emissions trading scheme

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, March 5th, 2016 - 13 comments

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When National took over in 2008 they gutted the Emissions Trading Scheme, and now we’re at the point where it is used to launder essentially fraudulent carbon credits. Jeanette Fitzsimons has reached the obvious conclusion.

David Seymour thinks ACT is the environmental party

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 27th, 2016 - 72 comments

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David Seymour will at ACT’s conference today outline why ACT and not the Greens is the real environmental party.

the Global Death Economy

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, February 25th, 2016 - 141 comments

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A new edition of “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” has been released. It makes it clear that we are in the grip of a global “Death Economy” and a collective embrace of ‘Thanatos’, the death instinct.

Cyclone Winston

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, February 21st, 2016 - 8 comments

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Cyclone Winston is the strongest ever southern hemisphere storm. Fiji has been hit hard.

Syria escalating

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, February 14th, 2016 - 37 comments

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Turkey has started shelling the US backed Kurdish forces that are fighting against ISIS. What could go wrong?

Corporate Saviours

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, February 12th, 2016 - 66 comments

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The battle over climate change continues

Written By: - Date published: 3:28 pm, February 11th, 2016 - 20 comments

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Two recent international incidents show that the resistance to meaningful action on climate change has not given up.  In the USA Barak Obama’s climate change policies are under attack in the Supreme Court. And in Australia CSIRO has decided to get rid of all of its climate change scientists.

Government U turn on inner city rail link

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, January 27th, 2016 - 40 comments

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John Key has announced that National will bring forward funding of Auckland’s inner city rail link.  The decision is welcome but it should have been made years ago.

The great big list of John Key’s big fat lies (UPDATED)

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 27th, 2016 - 76 comments

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How many more lies will John Key tell today in his so-called State of the Nation address? Virtual chocolate fish to whomever guesses the closest number.

Bob Carter Dies

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 pm, January 23rd, 2016 - 13 comments

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Veteran Climate Science Denialist Bob Carter Dies of Heart Attack

Bob Carter has died. To most members of the general public, the name of that Australian geologist and paleontologist will barely register a flicker of neurons in the temporal lobe. But to the global community of professional and amateur climate science denialists, misinformers and opponents of climate policy, Carter was an influential giant. He died, aged… (more…)

NZ participating in climate fraud

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, January 23rd, 2016 - 52 comments

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An article that appeared on December 26th in the Dom Post is much too important to be left languishing in the Christmas news vacuum. “We [NZ] have been the biggest abuser of fraudulent carbon credits. Someone should be answerable as an accessory to the fraud.”

Sustainability Council: TPPA lets investors sue over climate change policies

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, January 22nd, 2016 - 97 comments

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The Sustainability Council has reported that passing the TPPA may result in corporate claims for compensation against sovereign states that adopt policies to address climate change.  And details how references to climate change were washed out of the text of the TPPA during the negotiation process.

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

Politicians debating global warming

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”.

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