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The Californian canary

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, May 2nd, 2015 - 42 comments

no-water

Not that I wish any ill on Californians, but in the grand scheme of things it is probably good for our global chances of action to limit climate change that such a clear example of the damaging effects are playing out in the USA’s back yard.

The pope and climate change

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, April 30th, 2015 - 32 comments

Pope Francis

The Pope is calling for action on climate change. Naturally, he is being attacked for it.

NZ emissions disaster in The Herald!

Written By: - Date published: 3:21 pm, April 11th, 2015 - 112 comments

burning-earth

Well knock me over with a feather. The disaster that is NZ’s greenhouse gas emissions has broken out of the ghetto of Twitter and Parliament TV, and made it on the front page of the (digital) Herald.

California drought

Written By: - Date published: 11:40 am, April 3rd, 2015 - 47 comments

drought

The California drought gives us a case study in how the effects of climate change are going to play out.

Fast followers – not

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, April 1st, 2015 - 30 comments

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In which NZ, along with many other countries, flunks the first test of the Paris climate change talks.

Keep it in the ground

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

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Obama vetos Keystone pipeline

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

smoke stacks

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

The drought

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

drought

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

North of 2

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

climate change head in sand-1

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

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

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

 

The last gasp of oil

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

smoke stacks

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

2014 hottest year – a good thing!

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

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

A little place by the beach

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

beach-chairs

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

Another failure at Lima

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

burning-earth-small

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

Climate change is too important to lie about

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

head in the sand

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

John Key and the Fart Tax

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

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

Standard questions: Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, November 13th, 2014 - 63 comments

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A couple of weeks ago we asked readers to suggest questions for written answers from the candidates. We chose / edited six questions, and sent them to the four campaigns. Here are Andrew Little’s answers.

Nats’ climate negligence

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

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

One News promoted climate crank

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, November 5th, 2014 - 183 comments

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After a strong reaction, TVNZ has taken down video and an article featuring a climate change denialist crank.

Responding to our greatest threat

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, October 17th, 2014 - 23 comments

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Debate tonight: Climate Voter

Written By: - Date published: 4:36 pm, September 3rd, 2014 - 41 comments

Climate Voter website

Climate Voter is streaming a debate between the major parties tonight at 7pm.

Role of Government

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, February 11th, 2014 - 45 comments

thordon_bubble

Governments are holding on to their traditional roles and functions, but the world has changed. We need something else.

Obama acts – at last

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, June 27th, 2013 - 96 comments

obama_hope

The Tea Party / Republican Party in Congress are a bunch of anti-science crazies who will never agree to any action to tackle climate change. But Obama doesn’t need them. And it looks like he has finally decided to act.

And in Good News

Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, May 13th, 2013 - 19 comments

can can

Research published today in the journal Nature Climate Change looked at 50,000 globally widespread and common species and found that more than one half of the plants and one third of the animals will lose more than half of their climatic range by 2080 if nothing is done to reduce the amount of global warming and slow it down.

The climate reality pledge

Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, May 9th, 2013 - 32 comments

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“… I demand action from our leaders to work on solutions to the climate crisis. I pledge to get involved …”

Thinking too small

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, March 13th, 2013 - 24 comments

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John Armstrong thinks poor Bill English has got it tough with the current drought and its impact on the budget. You’re thinking too small John. Way too small.

Wise response

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, March 8th, 2013 - 80 comments

wise-response

“Wise Response” is an Otago based group set up to advocate for a serious and considered response to climate change, to the “symptoms too serious to ignore”. They are holding their launch today.

How bad does it have to get?

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, March 5th, 2013 - 62 comments

burning-earth-small

Record breaking droughts in Australia and America, drought in NZ. Food prices rising. Worse to come. How bad does it have to get before we take action?

Obama talks the talk on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, February 14th, 2013 - 38 comments

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The first State of the Union of Obama’s second term was widely anticipated. As many hoped, Obama made a strong statement on climate change. Good start – now let’s see words become actions – please…

Welcome to the Burdigalian

Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, January 14th, 2013 - 200 comments

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Last year, in the Arctic, atmospheric CO2 concentrations were measured at 400ppm. If you search on line for historical CO2 levels, you’ll find a lot of comments that are of the opinion that 400ppm CO2 last occurred about 800 000 years ago…or maybe just a bit longer. The implication is that since that’s well within the span of human existence it doesn’t really matter too much. It’s fine; we’ve been here before.

Fear factors

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, December 27th, 2012 - 73 comments

gun barrel

Another in an on going non-chronological series on options in the face of global warming.

If

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, December 20th, 2012 - 218 comments

gun barrel

If you and I were told that (variously) our sons and daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews were going to be killed tomorrow, would I be right to suspect that we might sit up and take notice?

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