web analytics
The Standard
Advertising

Climate skeptic wakes up

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, August 1st, 2012 - 83 comments
Categories: climate change, disaster, science - Tags: , ,

There aren’t many climate skeptics whose opinions can be affected by mere evidence, so hats off to Richard Muller (ht Joe90). Here’s extracts from his piece in the New York Times:

The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic

CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.

My total turnaround, in such a short time, is the result of careful and objective analysis by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, which I founded with my daughter Elizabeth. Our results show that the average temperature of the earth’s land has risen by two and a half degrees Fahrenheit over the past 250 years, including an increase of one and a half degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover, it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.

These findings are stronger than those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations group that defines the scientific and diplomatic consensus on global warming. …

What has caused the gradual but systematic rise of two and a half degrees? We tried fitting the shape to simple math functions (exponentials, polynomials), to solar activity and even to rising functions like world population. By far the best match was to the record of atmospheric carbon dioxide, measured from atmospheric samples and air trapped in polar ice. Just as important, our record is long enough that we could search for the fingerprint of solar variability, based on the historical record of sunspots. That fingerprint is absent.

How definite is the attribution to humans? The carbon dioxide curve gives a better match than anything else we’ve tried. Its magnitude is consistent with the calculated greenhouse effect — extra warming from trapped heat radiation. These facts don’t prove causality and they shouldn’t end skepticism, but they raise the bar: to be considered seriously, an alternative explanation must match the data at least as well as carbon dioxide does. …

What about the future? As carbon dioxide emissions increase, the temperature should continue to rise. I expect the rate of warming to proceed at a steady pace, about one and a half degrees over land in the next 50 years, less if the oceans are included. But if China continues its rapid economic growth (it has averaged 10 percent per year over the last 20 years) and its vast use of coal (it typically adds one new gigawatt per month), then that same warming could take place in less than 20 years. …

Richard A. Muller, a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former MacArthur Foundation fellow, is the author, most recently, of “Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines.”

The main graph can be found here:

The following chart shows the annual land-surface average temperature using a 12 month moving average of surface temperatures over land. Anomalies are relative to the Jan 1950 – December 1979 mean. The grey band indicates 95% statistical and spatial uncertainty interval.

In other topical climate related publications, see:

“Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math”,
“Top Ten Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now”,
“Climate Emergency Action Plan: Five Ways We Can Still Avert Catastrophe”.

Now is a time for Leaders. Nationally, globally, I just don’t see them.

83 comments on “Climate skeptic wakes up”

  1. lprent 1

    It has been rather fascinating watching this. Especially since the Koch Brothers funded at least part of this investigation.

    I see Mann on that

    Prof Michael Mann, director of the Earth Science System Center at Penn State University, said that there was “a certain ironic satisfaction” in seeing a study funded by the Koch Brothers “demonstrate what scientists have known with some degree of confidence for nearly two decades: that the globe is indeed warming, and that this warming can only be explained by human-caused increases in greenhouse gas concentrations”.

    Predictably Anthony Watts the inept meteorologist has been using our local scientific illiterates spoiler defence of being accountants about siting of land based tempature sensors. Also as usual he doesn’t even bother to state what hypothesis he was trying to prove. It has been known back to the 19th century that location was everything to getting accurate tempature records. Now Watts has done a great favour (to television weather people like himself) of proving it again. There have more rigorous studies done over the decades. I remember ones that were looking at the discrepancies between satellite and ground based that were far more extensive and actually used maths that was meaningful in the 80′s and 90′s.

    But it is meaningless in the climate change debate unless you can show that it affects the trend. In other words he’d have to show that the siting was the same or better in the past records to show that it changes anything. Since there have been active efforts in every country I’m aware of to improve the siting of stations over the last 2-3 decades – I suspect that the opposite is true. Certainly that is what the satellite and land measurements show in areas that actually have significant tempature movements – ie as you’d expect in the polar regions. And he hasn’t attempted to do so because he has only looked at current sites without even referencing siting in previous decades.

    I guess that he just likes looking at a single point on a trend line. It is rather simple-minded. Still I suppose that it is only there to fool the idiots about science like David Farrar.

  2. marsman 3

    With arseholes like the Koch brothers and Gina Rinehart throwing heaps of their ill gotten gains into funding publicity and climate change denying ‘experts’ there certainly is a call for Heads of State and their Governments to take charge and legislate for changes in order to control carbon emissions. Take note John Key, take note Federated Farmers.

    • marsman 3.1

      @ lprent. Did not see your comment until after I posted mine. Does that mean that the Koch Brothers are going to take note of the findings and stop their hoodwinking?

  3. Colonial Viper 4

    But if China continues its rapid economic growth (it has averaged 10 percent per year over the last 20 years)

    We can relax…just a tiny bit…China is going to find it impossible to sustain even 6% or 7% growth pa on average over the next ten years.

    there certainly is a call for Heads of State and their Governments to take charge and legislate for changes in order to control carbon emissions.

    I tend to disagree. What needs to change is an economic system and philosophy entirely reliant on growth. As I have said to Jenny on several occasions however, I think energy depletion will do all the heavy lifting and force that change on us pretty soon.

    • lprent 4.1

      I think energy depletion will do all the heavy lifting and force that change on us pretty soon.

      It is just depletion of cheap energy, specifically transport fuels that are the main economic issue. I suspect that that will merely push a efficiency into their usage as the price continues to rise. Effectively the economic value of their usage will remain in balance with their cost. That has only an indirect effect on growth by making it harder to do the early exploitation of growth opportunities which tends to slow it but not stop it. It just makes it harder fro underdeveloped countries to pull out of poverty.

      NZ has been a good example of the limited effects of fuel prices on a developed economy. Fuel prices have varied all over the place over the decades and nearly quadrupled in price since 2000 in real terms (link is in the chart).

      However it is only the shocks that seem to affect the economy. If the changes are slower then the economic system adjusts to extract value from the new pricing levels. Transport costs aren’t usually a major cost component in most goods and services. There are some that will get badly affected, but that is usual in any economic shift. Try buying a buggy whip or a millstone.

      Problem is that at present there is no economic signal that generating greenhouse gases is a bad thing, so consequently nothing is or will happen in the free market (as it will with fuel prices). It needs direct political intervention to protect the commons that will provide that economic signal.

      Edit: That was rather amusing. Putting the image and/or link in the comment triggered me into getting the Cloudflare captcha. Oh well that is why I don’t allow it in comments usually – the scope for spammers is pretty high.

      • aerobubble 4.1.1

        Costs are rising, due to debt, debt is due to avarice from cheap oil glut. so to say there is no bad signals, is to say that the huge debt overhang isn’t due to economic signals that show a market failure, a triple market failure, our economies are run on cheap energy, prospected on unlimited resources and ignorant of climate limits. The market is signally that we need to move to a low energy economy, where zero waste is the norm and on top of that carbon emissions are seriously capped.

        But its worse. Like a warmer bucket of water cools faster than a colder bucket. The reason why so many might argue against climate change is because the processes in the biosphere have
        accelerated to accommodate the excessive carbon in the atmosphere. This has three caveats,
        first we are slow to recognize the problem, second we have a bigger problem to deal with, and third the solutions might actually do more harm (as maxing out on co2 we then suddenly cut it while the planet is in over drive expecting high co2).

        Its was shit getting here, shit being here, so its likely to be shit getting out again.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.2

        It is just depletion of cheap energy, specifically transport fuels that are the main economic issue…Effectively the economic value of their usage will remain in balance with their cost.

        1) Transport fuels are indeed the big problem, but those increased energy costs get passed on to everything requiring transport, from airfreighted computer parts to workers getting to and from the CBD. Effectively, higher energy costs mean financial wind resistance against every economic activity increases.

        2) I agree that the prices charged for services involving fuel usage (directly or indirectly) will remain balanced with the financial cost of that fuel. So as fuel costs rise, services which (directly or indirectly) use that fuel will also rise in price to offset the increased cost. But although the financial cost of fuel might increase, the economic value of the work done by that fuel does not necessarily increase. You just end up paying more today to do identical work than you did yesterday: eg. moving the same thing between the same locations, A and B. In other words, my position is that the financial cost of that work increases but usually the economic value does not. The result is pretty simple: when the financial cost starts to clearly outweigh the economic value delivered, work gets left undone and instead, capital value is drawn down on, holiday trips skipped, JIT systems break etc.

        3) Moving to a bigger picture, the increased spend on energy occurs in the context of GDP stagnation (and also household income stagnation). In NZ, GDP growth is less than 2% pa (which if you take into account GDP per capita is basically zero). Therefore, increased spend on energy tends to simply takes a larger slice of a fixed pie. Leaving less for every other sector of the economy. Increased spend on energy for a household, means there is less left to be spent at local shops, on recreation and holidays, on buying consumer crap.

        4) The upshot of all this is that energy price increases are a tax on every activity in an economy, but a very destructive one because although more is taken out of the economy daily, nothing extra gets put back in. You get exactly the same work done but at higher cost.

        5) You spoke of higher fuel costs pushing improvements in efficiency. Yes there will be a bit of that. But those efficiency improvements are extremely predictable. And IIRC, lie on the scale of 1%-2% pa. Liquid fuel price increases far outpace that rate of efficiency improvement. And this is reflected world wide: demand destruction is the main way economies cope with a 25% increase in the price of fuel, not improved efficiency. That is not a surprise as a lot of systems and infrastructure which used that fuel are fixed and difficult/slow/costly to replace. A Prius is a lot more fuel efficient than my dinger old Falcon, but I don’t have $50,000 to buy one right now. An electric tractor would be a lot more fuel efficient than my diesel one, but you can’t buy them, and anyways the bank already says I am overleveraged.

      • Jenny 4.1.3

        As I have said to Jenny on several occasions however, I think energy depletion will do all the heavy lifting and force that change on us pretty soon.

        Colonial Viper

        Yes, and no matter how many times you repeat this rubbish, it is still nonsense.

        http://werewolf.co.nz/2012/06/has-the-peak-oil-idea-peaked/

        It is too bad that you don’t read links then you might understand the fallacy of your position.

        You might also see the ridiculousness of supporting Bashar Assad as some sort of an anti-imperialist, standing up to the superpowers by slaughtering his own people.

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.3.1

          Jenny. Good luck with your climate change campaign. You’ll feel good about yourself. But Kyoto is the most agreement the world will come to in terms of co-ordinated action for many many years to come.

          One reason being that governments throughout the world will be solely focussed on dealing with the negative effects of energy deletion and peak debt for the foreseeable future.

          Jenny: Gordon Campbell’s piece is good. But it doesn’t back your position. And he doesn’t understand the nuances of energy depletion that others do.

          • Jenny 4.1.3.1.1

            But Kyoto is the most agreement the world will come to in terms of co-ordinated action for many many years to come.

            Colonial Viper

            So you hope.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.3.1.1.1

              Oh they’ll be plenty of talk fests, but nothing more substantial than Kyoto will emerge.

              But don’t worry, energy depletion and peak debt will do all the heavy lifting for you.

              • Jenny

                But don’t worry, energy depletion and peak debt will do all the heavy lifting for you.

                Colonial Viper

                Keep repeating the same old mantra CV. Spicing it up now and then with nasty scapegoating attacks on the hateful middle classes, who according to you are all to blame.

                And for a complete change of subject let’s champion a murderer and torturer.

                Let’s all be a suck up like you, to the fossil fuel lobby and the extreme right who are determined to lead humanity to disaster.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Hey you better check out open mike.

                  Looks like you’re a keen supporter of Al-Qaida Iraq operating in support of the FSA now.

                  • Jenny

                    Looks like you’re a keen supporter of Al-Qaida Iraq operating in support of the FSA now.

                    Colonial Viper

                    CV apart from willfully overlooking the detention without trial, and mass murder and torture peaceful demonstrators that sparked the rebellion.

                    This of course is your hero Assad’s narrative. That you choose to repeat it exposes you as a lowlife. Of course any revolution attracts all sorts of carpet baggers. (Even the American Civil war where the term was first coined). But the influence and the size of the number of outsiders has been largely overblown by the regime’s propagandists. The regime’s main narrative from the first days of arrival of the Arab Spring in Syria, was that it was all the work of outsiders. First it was the Americans and the Israelis, latterly it is Al-Qaida which fits in more with the US narrative of events.

                    Why the recent switch to Al-Qaida and away from western spies and mercenaries?

                    The answer is that the Western powers have expressed concern that their interests in the wider region may be affected if Assad regime falls. So at the moment Assad and US interests coincide, reflecting the change in narrative by both sides.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      So at the moment Assad and US interests coincide, reflecting the change in narrative by both sides.

                      Since your understanding of geopolitics is both shit and superficial (you’ve said before that the Free Syria Army is acting simply for the people of Syria and independently of the interests of other regional and global powers) you’ll excuse me if I laugh.

                      US Secretary of Defence Panetta says that the nail is now in Assad’s coffin and that Assad has no more legitmacy. Its not if, but when Assad must go, Panetta says. And you think that the US and Assad are currently on the same side? You’re fucking deluded.

                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19043654

                      Turkish, Qatari, and Saudi interests are heavily involved in the Syrian conflict (and it happens that the US has strong military ties to all three).

      • I agree up to a point Lynn. James Hamilton has shown that 10 out of 11 recent recessions were associated with oil price spikes http://reason.com/archives/2011/03/08/oil-price-shocks-and-the-reces and Jeff Rubin has a similar paper http://research.cibcwm.com/economic_public/download/soct08.pdf.

        I would also argue that oil prices have a wider impact on the economy than oil shocks alone. John Michael Greer:

        “Only a few economists at the time, and even fewer since then, realized that these perplexities pointed to weaknesses in the most basic assumptions of economics itself. E.F. Schumacher was one of these. He pointed out that for a modern industrial society, energy resources are not simply one set of commodities among many others. They are the ur-commodities, the fundamental resources that make economic activity possible at all, and the rules that govern the behavior of other commodities cannot be applied to energy resources in a simplistic fashion. Commented Schumacher in Small is Beautiful:

        “I have already alluded to the energy problem in some of the other chapters. It is impossible to get away from it. It is impossible to overemphasize its centrality. [...] As long as there is enough primary energy – at tolerable prices – there is no reason to believe that bottlenecks in any other primary materials cannot be either broken or circumvented. On the other hand, a shortage of primary energy would mean that the demand for most other primary products would be so curtailed that a question of shortage with regard to them would be unlikely to arise” (p. 123).

        If Schumacher is right – and events certainly seem to be pointing that way – at least one of the basic flaws of contemporary economic thought comes into sight. The attempt to make sense of energy resources as ordinary commodities misses the crucial point that energy follows laws of its own that are distinct from the rules governing economic activities. Trying to predict the economics of energy without paying attention to the laws governing energy on its own terms – the laws of thermodynamics – yields high-grade nonsense.” http://www.energybulletin.net/node/49332

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.4.1

          Beautiful.

        • Jenny 4.1.4.2

          Any excuse to justify inaction against climate change, eh CV.

          • Colonial Viper 4.1.4.2.1

            There’s not going to be any effective action against climate change.

            The Great Recession is going to do all the heavy lifting for you as it severely depresses global energy demand and fossil fuel use.

        • lprent 4.1.4.3

          Yeah, there will be a shift at some point as the price/cost/supply/portable-calories balance change. But it is going to be a hell of a lot slower to affect economic growth in any marked degree than CV thinks.

          What I was arguing was that relatively slow changes in fuel prices alone isn’t a particularly strong economic driver of economic growth except in developing countries (where the balance is a whole different beast). I suspect it will be quite a few decades before fuel prices make much of an impact on developed or near developed economies growth rates and therefore on their greenhouse emissions. There are too many alternative routes these days to achieve the same outputs.

          Personal driving is the most price sensitive, and it isn’t that much of an economic driver because there are alternatives that can take effect within a few years. For everything else fuel prices mostly aren’t that big a component in the cost mix and are reasonably easy to manage.

          Even the pure energy cost/benefit equation isn’t that strong a driver because the value of energy is always positional. Otherwise any idea of a hydrogen based fuel system would fail before it even starts (it will ALWAYS lose energy in producing a portable energy source from fixed sources), and for that matter the German use of coal to petrol conversions in WW2 would have killed their war effort after they lost effective access to the refined fuels from the Romanian oilfields in the latter part of the war.

          • Southern Limits 4.1.4.3.1

            I respectfully disagree.
            There is a good reason why this economic recovery has been slow and consistently disappointing to classical economists: they have absolutely zero understanding of how much impact high oil prices have had on economic recovery. Look at the number of stories here about how the economic recovery is slower than expected: https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=economic+recovery+slower+than+expected&sugexp=chrome,mod=16&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

            Despite so called energy revolutions in the States and elsewhere since 2008 the price of oil is unprecedentedly high, not just over the last 8 weeks either with the concern from the Middle East.

            “The current failure of most western economies to achieve anything more than minimal growth this year (2011) is most likely because oil prices are already at levels that severely inhibit growth. Indeed, research by energy consultants Douglas-Westwood concludes that oil price spikes of the magnitude seen this year correlate one-for-one with recessions.

            Looking at conventional cost curves shows incremental development costs range from $45/b (Saudi) to $90/b (Canadian Tar sands and Venezuelan Orinoco heavy oil) with most of the incremental deepwater sources in the $70-80/b range. Simplistically, the historic production cost curve goes in increasing cost order: Middle East onshore, other OPEC onshore, non-OPEC onshore, OPEC and non-OPEC deepwater, Canadian tar sands/Venezuelan heavy oils. Incremental costs broadly follow the same order.

            …..

            On the latest budget projections, Saudi needs an oil price of $90-100/b for its revenues and expenditures to balance and if it is not to run deficits and consume financial reserves. It is likely that many, if not all of the other, OPEC members have revenue/expenditure break-even oil prices comparable to those of the Saudis.

            This means that, whatever the public statements, most OPEC members now require oil prices around $100/barrel to balance their books and will seek to secure higher prices by restraining supply if necessary. However, under sufficient economic pressure oil prices would fall with severe impacts on Opec budgets.” http://www.theoildrum.com/node/8410

            “Without increasing energy sources, we cannot increase economic activity. We can print money and harvest the earth’s assets and make it look like growth – for a while – but the piper will be paid. Nature shall not be mocked. In 2008, when the economy appeared to be roaring and traders pitched mortgage-backed securities on unsuspecting clients, energy production had ceased growing. As a result, the oil price almost tripled from $50 per barrel to $147. This equated to a $3 trillion increase to the world’s annual energy bill, which sucked discretionary income from every other market and helped crash the global economy. ”

            Read more: http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/article/1648/peak-oil-is-real-and-will-stunt-any-economic-recovery#ixzz22SaTLIlz

  4. mike e 5

    Where are all the Nihilists & deniers Christian fundamentalists who want early trip to heaven and to hell for the other 99% of non believers.
    The Guardian has an article.
    Even Exxon Mobil has changed its rhetoric but not its bribery and lobbying Stephen Joyce is in their back pocket.
    Brownoselee enough said!
    Camoron and Osborne(the technocrat even his own party wants to sack em both).
    Boris moved the Tories to the left in London and won against a massive local body swing to the left virtually anialating the lib dems and Tories.
    He canned all motorway building and focused on rapid rail 18x the numbers moved at 1/3 the cost.
    Simple economics but easily bought off by vested interests.
    We need to cut our fuel usage in half at least to stop our continual balance of payments deficits continuing to climb.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      We need to cut our fuel usage in half at least to stop our continual balance of payments deficits continuing to climb.

      Agree, but let’s start with a 10%, 24 month goal, so we don’t send the economy under in the first month?

      Further, renationalising the banks is a great way to improve our balance of payments by $1.5B a year.

      Reducing imports of crappy consumer gizmos, vehicles and luxury items would be worth as much again.

      Finally, increasing the local pool of capital by increased savings and also money printing would reduce bleed from the financial components of the balance of payments.

      • Bill 5.1.1

        sheesh CV. Way to go! Save the Economy, Fuck the Planet…y’know. Create a plethora of possible futures that exclude no possibilities except for ours. “But the books looked good!” said the tumble weed on the way through to nowhere.

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1

          Well Bill, as you know, any change proposed is going to have to be politically and electorally viable to actually happen.

          We can put down a rapid (say 10 year) 50% reduction in FF use as a goal. But I can’t see a way to make that politically and electorally viable, let alone economically viable.

          It is all easily physically doable of course. You order half the cars off the road on any given day, you ration petrol and diesel, you ban the use of heavy trucks between cities, you place a heavy tax on industries which are highly energy intensive to shut them down or force them to improve their processes, you enforce rolling blackouts instead of firing up Huntly.

          But how many months will a government with those policies last?

          • Bill 5.1.1.1.1

            Why does any change have to be politically and electorally viable? That’s only the case if you expect governments to do anything. Which, for the perfectly logical reasons outlined above, I don’t. And given the growing numbers of people simply not voting any more, I suspect I’m far from alone in holding that position.

            And anyway. What’s this notion of hanging around waiting to be told what to do when you already know that something has to be done? Especially when you’re waiting from instructions from the one institution that is definately the least likely to grasp the nettle and the one that will one most likely to block any intelligent and necessary action.

            Is it simply stupid? Or is it stupid and immoral?

            • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Well OK I probably misinterpreted your outlook.

              Greer’s philosophy of “Green Wizardry” acknowledges all of what you said. The action which is going to be successfully taken is going to be taken on a personal level, within families and tight networks of trust, and in local communities. Its one reason that I’ve started commenting more directly on energy depletion, here and with friends and family.

              Central governments, as you point out, and as I pointed out, are going to be largely irrelevant.

          • Jenny 5.1.1.1.2

            A straw man argument will not cut it CV. Being an extreme right winger of course you would choose narrow punitive measures to combat climate change, in a weak effort to discredit the real measures that could be taken.

            Though deadly opposed by the 1 percenters and their hangers on, most policies enacted to combat climate change would be extremely popular with 90% of the population.

            • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1.2.1

              Being an extreme right winger of course you would choose narrow punitive measures to combat climate change

              :roll:

              See if you can get beyond the superficial Right/Left political narrative Jenny. When dealing with hard resource and energy constraints, its usefulness as a paradigm of analysing things is very limited.

  5. Bill 6

    So, I wonder. When are the non-skeptics with regards global warming going to wake up and realise that skeptisim…oceans of it…ought to wash over this notion that governments are going to take any decisive action on global warming? They will (at very best) be reasonably reactive in their responses to already unfolded realities on the ground; probably do no more than make half arsed attempts to crisis manage already unfolded realities and never…and I do mean never…be pro-active.

    Governments principle function is to take care of business. Literally. And since business (or the peculiar way it is run and that is particular to market economies) is what is causing global warming, governments are simply in the most wrong of (all?) positions to be in any way effective.

    You can give capitalism whichever colour you like. This years fashion is for green. But green capitalism is still capitalism which means the market will continue to function more or less ‘as is’ and as a result of that far, far too much CO2 will be produced.

    • grumpy 6.1

      The whole idea of a “market” is so someone can make money out of it. Surely it has not escaped readers of this site that markets can and will be manipulated. We have seen it with oil and food recently.

      The Carbon trading market, created by Enron, is just another………

      • Bill 6.1.1

        Of course markets are manipulated. The powerful call the shots even when nothing illegal is happening. But y’know. That’s what governments exist to serve. So why would anyone in their right mind expect governments to lead the way by insisting on, or dictating, measures to avoid effects of global warming, when such measures would, by simple cold logic, be necessarily anti-market in nature?

    • NickS 7.1

      Yes, cos Andrew Bolt is so totes a voice of reason and not full of shit at all :roll:

      • grumpy 7.1.1

        Seems to me that all Bolt does is present quotes from Muller and other warmist scientists that destroy the premise that Muller was ever a climate realist.

  6. Kotahi Tāne Huna 8

    Muller has done himself no favours here. His initial “scepticism” appears to have been based on the selective misreading of stolen CRU emails, but it was obvious within forty-eight hours that the whole “scandal” was nothing but a beat-up.

    Muller has yet to apologise to the fellow scientists he smeared. I doubt they care much, but it might do him some good.

  7. Bill 9

    Is this the first global warming post on ‘the standard’ that hasn’t attracted a steady dribble of denialist comments?

    • r0b 9.1

      I was expecting one of them to at least run the latest Anthony Watts stuff on warming data! A very poor show from the deniers…

      • Bill 9.1.1

        So, hopefully with their infernal distractions out of the way, the day will come (soon) when a global warming post leads to discussion on what has and needs to be done (by us, not governments).

        And then some day after that, comments will revolve around what is being done.

        Ah – I can, it seems, still dream.

    • Jenny 9.2

      Is this the first global warming post on ‘the standard’ that hasn’t attracted a steady dribble of denialist comments?

      Bill

      As the debate has progressed the deniers have been moved to the fringes. The battle to continue CO2 pollution at unsustainable levels has been taken up by the apologists. Those who say they admit to the reality of climate change but argue for doing nothing.

      In my opinion the apologists are probably more dangerous and certainly far more immoral than the deniers, (many of whom are just misguided). But it is the knowing supporters of continuing climate change policies that we will have to battle now.

      • Colonial Viper 9.2.1

        AGW is definitely happening. Its just that there are far more pressing issues to contend with. Which if dealt with correctly, will sort AGW out as well as a positive side effect.

        In my opinion the apologists are probably more dangerous and certainly far more immoral than the deniers, (many of whom are just misguided). But it is the knowing supporters of continuing climate change policies that we will have to battle now.

        :twisted:

        • Jenny 9.2.1.1

          AGW is definitely happening. Its just that there are far more pressing issues to contend with.

          Colonial Viper

          Oh yes keeping right wing murderers in power seems to be your top priority at the moment. Scapegoating middle class people your next. But above all, your number one priority, keeping up your cheer leading for the fossil fuel industry.

          • Colonial Viper 9.2.1.1.1

            You’re a woman who needs to feel besieged with enemies to live out her life aren’t you?

            Oh yes keeping right wing murderers in power seems to be your top priority at the moment.

            Assuming you are talking about Syria, this is absolutely the funniest, most inaccurate description of Assad’s politics that I have ever heard.

            You do know that the Syrian popular uprising is probably more accurately named the Turkish-Saudi-Qatar funded foreign fighters invasion of Syria.

            • Jenny 9.2.1.1.1.1

              Assuming you are talking about Syria, this is absolutely the funniest, most inaccurate description of Assad’s politics that I have ever heard.

              Colonial Viper

              Keep it up CV, you are only bringing more and more discredit on yourself.

              • Colonial Viper

                You’re a hippy dreamer. Who has bought into the pro-war propaganda, ironically.

                Hey did you see those reports of Al-Qaida Iraq bomb masters operating out of Syria now? You must think that good news, being such a bitterly dedicated pro-war activist.

                • Jenny

                  And what are you, CV?

                  Some sort of neo-nazi apologist for climate change and murderous dictators?

                  • grumpy

                    I love it when you lefties have a “free and frank” discussion.

                    Like the old joke;

                    “should a couple be frank and ernest, or should one preferably be female?”

                    :-)

                    • Colonial Viper

                      I don’t think Jenny gives a shit sadly. The reality of the “massacre marketing” that the foreign sourced “Freedom Fighters” in Syria are participating in completely deludes her.

                    • Jenny

                      Without the pussyfooting around of the the right wing Mail.

                      Another take on the executions.

                      http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/assads-militiamen-executed-after-field-trial-rebel-leader/

                      Strange how Colonial Viper was silent on the mass murder of unarmed civilians and the mass detention and torture of women and children in the families of the deserters which began all the violence. For CV it is perfectly alright for dictators to detain and murder and torture unarmed civilians at will.

                      But, dare the people strike back, and Colonial Viper is all shock horror.

                      After his hero Assad threatened to use nerve gas against the insurgents, CV refused to condemn this option, claiming that it wouldn’t be a war crime.

                      I think most people’s disgust is reserved for the dictator and his apologists.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Jenny, still buying into the loner blog massacre marketing of the “Free Syrian Army” (long since shown to itself be staffed by foreign fighters, islamic and salaafi fighters, funded by Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia).

                      A bit of summary justice up against a wall now your style is it? Not even a chance for legal representation, appeal, or handing over to the Red Cross. I guess that’s a big improvement on Assad in your eyes, your FSA heroes.

                      After his hero Assad threatened to use nerve gas against the insurgents, CV refused to condemn this option, claiming that it wouldn’t be a war crime.

                      I think most people’s disgust is reserved for the dictator and his apologists.

                      You’re such a war-monger. And parroting the same WMD-threat lines the US used to justify war against Saddam Hussein? Wow keep sucking in the Western pro-war propaganda kool-aid Jenny.

                      Hey do you really like the fact that Al Qaida Iraq bomb masters are now working out of Syria?

                      And oh look, it looks like the CIA is supporting the FSA. You like the CIA right, Jenny? Wait didn’t you say that the US was on Assad’s side in this conflict? Oh yeah you were wrong on that because you have no understanding of geopolitical interests.

                      You still standing by the deluded idea that this “uprising” is of the Syrian people, by the Syrian people, for the Syrian people? Gotta admire your consistency against the facts from a dozen different official news sources, while you rely on some obscure blogs instead.

                      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9445649/CIA-authorised-to-offer-intelligence-support-to-Syrian-rebels.html

                      Strange how Colonial Viper was silent on the mass murder of unarmed civilians and the mass detention and torture of women and children in the families of the deserters which began all the violence.

                      You’re watching the collapse of a country engineered by external powers, and inflitrated by many thousands of foreign fighters funded and supported by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

                      Justify your bloodthirst how you like, but the disintegration of Syria that you revel in has just begun.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Jenny, a show trial and summary execution of Assad soldiers is what your blog link talks about.

                      Be warned, this is the new Syria you are waving in, along with thousands of foreign fighters, including islamic and salaafi jihadists, and Al Qaida Iraq bomb masters.

          • Grumpy 9.2.1.1.2

            Very harsh and completely undeserved.

      • Jenny, tell me, did you come to any conclusion about CFCs depleting the Ozone Layer?

        Or was that a prelude to climate change “apologists” planning their Grand Plan Conspiracy?

        Just what makes you more qualified to dismiss carefully researched science – including data from NASA satellites – than actual scientists themselves?

        And will you be switching off all electrical appliances in your house, since these gadgets were invented using science?

        In fact, there goes your internet connection…

  8. captain hook 10

    spare a thought for the stay at home voter.
    his empty eyes gaze at strange beauty shows.
    a parade of grey suited grafters.
    lung cancer or polio.
    ecclesiastes: 18,9

  9. grumpy 11

    Another Australian scientist explains the science – which is “settled”……………………

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/7400061/Climate-change-science-tackled

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 11.2

      I wonder how humiliating it must be when your career has sunk so low that the only “journal” who’ll publish you is Fairfax media. I wonder how imbecilic you have to be to swallow Evans’ crap.

    • jaymam 11.3

      Didn’t you read the bit above about no denialist comments? We’ll have no such discussions in here thanks :)

    • “Dr David M. W. Evans is a mathematician and engineer …”

      So, not a climatologist or meteorologist then, Grumpy?

      Tell me, would you accept medical advice from someone not trained in medicine?

      • Grumpy 11.4.1

        Well, I don’t go homeopathy etc. So probably I’m against the majority here…….

        Just saying, that maybe the science is far from settled?

        • Kotahi Tāne Huna 11.4.1.1

          Grumpy, is that zombie argument the best you can do? Déjà vu much?

          Once again then, Gavin Schmidt’s essay Unsettled Science puts it best – here’s the whole passage:

          The phrase “the science is settled” is associated almost 100% with contrarian comments on climate and is usually a paraphrase of what ‘some scientists’ are supposed to have said. The reality is that it depends very much on what you are talking about and I have never heard any scientist say this in any general context – at a recent meeting I was at, someone claimed that this had been said by the participants and he was roundly shouted down by the assembled experts.

          The reason why no scientist has said this is because they know full well that knowledge about science is not binary – science isn’t either settled or not settled. This is a false and misleading dichotomy. Instead, we know things with varying degrees of confidence – for instance, conservation of energy is pretty well accepted, as is the theory of gravity (despite continuing interest in what happens at very small scales or very high energies) , while the exact nature of dark matter is still unclear. The forced binary distinction implicit in the phrase is designed to misleadingly relegate anything about which there is still uncertainty to the category of completely unknown. i.e. that since we don’t know everything, we know nothing.

          That’s from 2009, and still you think “the science isn’t settled” is a persuasive argument? Credibility deficit much?

          • jaymam 11.4.1.1.1

            My LEC secretary told me, re climate, that “the science is settled”. I tried for a while to convince her and the other LEC people that the science was not settled, but they would not listen. I am not on the LEC committee any more.

      • Grumpy 11.4.2

        Perhaps I need to declare my interest.

        Like David Evans, I too have a degree in Electrical Engineering. mine is a lowly B.E., unlike his PhD, so naturally I take some notice.

        • Kotahi Tāne Huna 11.4.2.1

          Yep, he’s out of his depth, just like you.

          Full response to Evans’ self-inflicted injuries at Skeptical Science.

        • RedLogix 11.4.2.2

          Same qualification myself grumpy.

          But it’s an indictment on the profession as a whole at how many of us have remained stuck in an narrow arrogance; not that much more grown up than the piss-head tribal antics of our undergraduate days.

    • Murray Olsen 11.5

      Grumpy, please explain why you think Evans has the ability to describe anything to do with climate. He is a computer modeller and an engineer. I’ll grant that his scientific credentials are a bit better than Monckton’s, but that’s about it.
      http://www.skepticalscience.com/david-evans-understanding-goes-cold.html

  10. Grumpy 12

    Good choice……

  11. PolishPride 13

    If political parties around the world were really interested in doing something about climate change They would realise that ETS will not fix the problem.
    Reforesting the planet will.
    ETS on the other hand….not so much.
    ETS is simply another form of taxation and wealth redistribution. The beauty of it is that because it won’t fix the problem it is something that they can keep in place for well pretty much forever.
    Until the so called leaders scrap ETS regimes and collectively agree to reforest (could even use the unemployed and teach them propogation and many other useful skills at the same time) then we are doing nothing more than pissing in the wind.
    Nature has the solutions to many of our problems, both real and perceived. If we started looking there for the answers we might one day have a far better world to live in.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 13.1

      Reforestation would provide something of a carbon sink, but would reduce Earth’s albedo. Not to mention the difficulty of growing Holocene species in an Anthropocene climate.

    • lprent 13.2

      Reforestation would help but it is rather pointless gesture when the rate of new CO2 emissions is higher than the amount that vegetation can sequester by at least an order of magnitude.

      At a rough figuring reforesting the entire world right now wouldn’t keep up with the increase in the annual increase in rate over the last decade that we’re pushing CO2 into the atmosphere. At some state such forests would hit steady state (ie maturity) and would start releasing as CO2 as they absorb.

      And of course currently most of the CO2 being emitted is getting stored in cooler ocean waters (and steadily making the oceans measurably more acidic – that is a *lot* of CO2 even for the volumes of the worlds oceans). Eventually almost all of that will get released back into the atmosphere over decades and centuries.

      The only viable solution is to drastically reduce the amount of CO2 released. Then sequestration techniques like forestation would be useful. They aren’t effective when the amount of CO2 being released from fossil carbon stocks keeps rising each year.

Important links

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • What to do with the Civic building
    News this week that the future of the council’s civic building is uncertain once the council move out of it later this year and move to the old ASB tower on the corner of Albert and Wellesley St. The future...
    Transport Blog | 19-04
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #16
    6 things you need to know about reducing emissions Climate change and desertification a threat to social stability Climate concerns in a time of growing ‘climate fatigue’? Costs of climate change may prove high for future Drunken trees: dramatic signs...
    Skeptical Science | 19-04
  • Time for a local drone strike policy
    A message from Arthur McGee, founder of and spokesperson for the Commonsense Corrections Society...
    Imperator Fish | 19-04
  • AT Bouquets and Brickbats from the severe weather
    There’s a lot that Auckland Transport do that we criticise them for and I so always like being able to give them praise when they deserve it. As such this is just a quick post to say that I thought...
    Transport Blog | 19-04
  • Greens: Everywhere they look, Peters is there
    It's not bad strategy, it's not bad planning. It's not their fault at all. But unless the polls move dramatically in the next few months, the Greens are backed into an uncomfortable political corner. New Zealand First has them by the,...
    Pundit | 19-04
  • Varying explanations
    I had reason recently, in the context of discussion about a disingenuous lobby group peddling some of its “non-partisan” wares, to remember the quote: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not...
    The Paepae | 18-04
  • Mighty River Rail: A Fresh Future?
    Looking at a number of separate but current issues got me thinking about the possibility of the return of passenger services on the existing rail lines through the Waikato. These include: The potential appeal of well connected and well designed...
    Transport Blog | 18-04
  • Global warming can’t be blamed on CFCs – another one bites the ...
    A paper published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B by the University of Waterloo's Qing-Bin Lu last year claimed that solar activity and human chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) emissions, not carbon emissions, could explain the observed global warming over the...
    Skeptical Science | 18-04
  • The Road Marking Dance
    A neat video showing two clearly experienced guys painting doing road marking. Note to AT, see how easy it is to mark a street, perhaps you could get some people doing the same thing but instead of saying BUS STOP...
    Transport Blog | 18-04
  • Boundary changes
    The new electorate boundaries which will govern the election came out yesterday, and I have now had a little time to digest the final changes. Here are my three reactions. 1. Meh One of the nice things about MMP is...
    Polity | 18-04
  • There are no human rights on a dead planet
    Yesterday I spoke at the International Association of Democratic Lawyers congress in Brussels. In the audience there were over 500 hundred progressive lawyers from over 50 countries. Many of these lawyers focus on human rights issues. I called on the...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 18-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Date of Release: Friday, April 18, 2014Body:  The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions."Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    First Union Media | 17-04
  • Could this man be Prime Minister of New Zealand?
    If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you’ll know that I have in the past written some pretty scathing posts on Labour’s Shane Jones. Not to put too fine a point on it, I’ve dismissed him not only as...
    Brian Edwards | 17-04
  • Movies, feminism and postfeminism
    So, a confession: I've never really liked biographical movies about women I otherwise admire. I'm not entirely sure why - there's something about the cliches they indulge in, the Hollywood-isation. (She lapses into total vagueness revealing, yet again, that she...
    The Hand Mirror | 17-04
  • Barabbas – An Easter Story
    "All I know is that he died and I live. Maybe it’s what lies at the heart of that day."  “YOU’RE A HARD MAN TO FIND!”, exclaimed the sharp-featured young fellow, setting a jug of wine upon the table. “I’ve...
    Bowalley Road | 17-04
  • Low Traffic Forecast For Costly Warkworth Toll Road
    This is the fourth in a series of posts based on the Campaign for Better Transport’s submission to the Puhoi to Warkworth Board of Inquiry. The full presentation is over at bettertransport.org.nz Previously I pointed out that the NZTA produced...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Mitigation of Climate Change – Part 3 of the new IPCC report
          Guest post by Brigitte Knopf             Global emissions continue to rise further and this is in the first place due to economic growth and to a lesser extent to population growth. To...
    Real Climate | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Judith Collins explains
    Judith Collins explains what really happened at that dinner, and why it's no big deal....
    Imperator Fish | 17-04
  • Citibanker: the age of renewables is here
    Kathryn Ryan’s interview earlier this week with Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at the giant investment bank Citigroup was arresting. He was in New Zealand as a keynote speaker at the Wind Energy...
    Hot Topic | 17-04
  • Media Links: Kiwi killed in drone strike.
    I did interviews on TV 3 and Radio NZ about the drone strike that killed a Kiwi dual citizen in Yemen last year. There are many questions raised by the incident, but time constraints precluded addressing all of them. The...
    Kiwipolitico | 17-04
  • Photo of the Day: Lorne St
    A quick shot of Lorne St in front of the library. It appears Brobdingnagian gardeners have dropped by with some seriously big pot plants. I love them! About the only criticism I every heard about the shared space in Lorne...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • National: American lickspittles
    Yesterday we learned that America had murdered a New Zealand citizen in a drone strike in Yemen. Today, the government was closely quizzed about its views on this in Parliament. Steven Joyce (standing in for the PM) was very clear:...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • A $130 million gift to the rich
    When the government announced that it was selling off Genesis Energy, it deliberately underpriced it, with a discounted price, generous bonus scheme, and huge dividend. And today that has had the expected result, with Genesis shares leaping almost 20% on...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Defamation via Facebook and ‘a private website’
    This defamation case should be a shot across the bows of various internet wide-boys who think ‘defence of truth’ or ‘opinion honestly held’ is some kind of magic elixir or Get Out of Jail Free card. It’s worth noting the...
    The Paepae | 17-04
  • Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
    It is three years and one day since Danyl wrote this blog post about South Canterbury Finance. I was re-reading it today, and something stuck out like a sore thumb: December 2008: SCF undertakes a high risk loan strategy, losing...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 17-04
  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should See Me
    Being lost for words when you’re a talkback host could hardly be considered ideal. But back in September of 1992, I was hosting an evening talkback show on a fledgling radio station in what was then a newly deregulated, highly...
    Public Address | 17-04
  • Judith Collins: guess who’s coming to dinner?
    Judith Collins, Justice Minister, is playing dumb in parliament at question time and avoiding media. Her patronising responses, or non-responses, to allegations of corrupt influence is not becoming of a Cabinet Minister.  Her abuse of the House by criticising questions...
    Tumeke | 17-04
  • Can fracking save the climate?
    Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • New Fisk
    A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Labour’s manufacturing plan
    David Cunliffe has launched Labour's policy to get more manufacturing jobs back in New Zealand: Labour leader David Cunliffe launched the policy to an Auckland business audience this morning, adding the depreciation and procurement policies to the known suite of...
    Polity | 17-04
  • Easter PT shutdown
    It’s Easter weekend and that invariably means the rail network is shut down for works. Auckland Transport advises the rail network will be closed for Easter and there are changes to timetables for buses and ferries during the holiday break....
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Another perspective on the postgraduate allowance cuts
    I have already shared two stories from psychology students about how the postgraduate allowance cuts have affected them. These stories demonstrate the widespread impact the changes are having. Here is yet another story I have received, this one giving the...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • Against secret "justice" in NZ
    Last year, in response to a series of court cases challenging its control orders or claiming compensation for human rights abuses by its intelligence services, the UK passed the Justice and Security Act 2013. The Act introduces a "Closed Material...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Massey chancellor sets up company in opposition to university
    Massey Chancellor Chris Kelly will chair the board of a company that intends to be New Zealand’s largest private training provider (PTE)...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Gibbs, Hayek, Canterbury and the free market for degrees
    The New Zealand Herald notes that philanthropist Alan Gibbs is about to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Canterbury today. One of the many institutions Alan Gibbs has donated his money to...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day
    As readers will know, I have long embraced the internet music revolution. The ability to discover and download new things pretty much as they're being made has reinvented and refreshed my lifelong relationship with popular music. But I still really...
    Public Address | 16-04
  • Great Sorkin Parody
    Aaron Sorkin (SportsNight, The West Wing, The Newsroom) makes a very particular style of TV. Some good parts to that, some really silly parts. Amy Schumer' Comedy Central parody of Sorkin is pitch-prefect and hilarious. Enjoy: Inside Amy SchumerGet More:...
    Polity | 16-04
  • Photographic proof
    Deborah asked for a picture of my bicycle, after I wrote about it, and there is now one in existence which even includes me riding it along Mt Albert Rd, thanks to a dear friend who drove past me and...
    The Hand Mirror | 16-04
  • Our future lies in science
    This is not a column on global warming, climate change or whether humans are or aren’t having an impact....
    Pundit | 16-04
  • Gordon Campbell on drone strikes and Judith Collins‘ last stand
    Reportedly, US drone operators refer to their kills as “bug splat” – mainly because when the carnage is viewed on their screens thousands of kilometres away at home, it looks like an insect strike on a windscreen. The name has...
    Gordon Campbell | 16-04
  • Revealed: Steven Joyce’s select committee submission
    Dear Education Select Committee, Well, there are less than two weeks for people to get their submissions in to you on my proposals to remove staff and students from university and wānanga councils. You...
    TEU | 16-04
  • World News Brief, Thursday April 17
    Top of the AgendaTensions Rise in Ukraine’s East Ahead of Talks...
    Pundit | 16-04
  • Northern Europe looks to end fixed-term agreements for academics
    Long strings of fixed term employment agreements are not just a problem here in New Zealand but Sweden too, according to Education International. But the Swedish Association of University Teachers (SULF) has a plan to solve this. It is turning...
    TEU | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Date of Release: Thursday, April 17, 2014Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today.The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company, Christchurch Yarns, go into...
    First Union Media | 16-04
  • Collins: More contemptible lying
    Yesterday, Judith Collins treated New Zealand's media and people as if we were all complete fools. Here is what she said (via this morning's Herald): Ms Collins said she was unaware Oravida was having any problems getting its products into...
    Polity | 16-04
  • The Downside of Park and Ride
    Flicking back through older Atlantic Cities posts led to one from last year about Park and Ride catching my eye. It’s a fairly well reasoned cautionary tale which highlights the pitfalls and potential perverse outcomes from something that would appear...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • Storm fans fire service commitment
    Further damage from the huge storm that battered the West Coast was prevented by the great work of our volunteer Fire Service and locals will be extremely grateful, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our region has been...
    Labour | 19-04
  • Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families
    Families who won a long and lengthy Court battle for financial help to support their disabled daughters and sons are now facing a new battle with health system bureaucracy and need the Health Minister's help, Labour's Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Time for greater ministerial accountability
    The Green Party has today released a proposal to introduce a ministerial disclosure regime in New Zealand to improve the transparency and accountability of government.The proposal, based on the system used in the United Kingdom since 2010, would require all...
    Greens | 18-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
    On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
    The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere