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Commentary on research cuts

Written By: - Date published: 2:50 pm, September 29th, 2015 - 10 comments

shoot in foot

It’s not just lefties such as yours truly who think it’s mad to cut agricultural (especially emissions) research.

NZ doing more harm than good on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, September 26th, 2015 - 47 comments

head in the sand

“Key told not to attend Paris and to pull NZ delegation”.

“It would be better for humanity if John Key were to stay home, and instruct Minister Groser and the delegation to do likewise.”

AgResearch cuts include greenhouse gas research – of course

Written By: - Date published: 12:28 pm, September 25th, 2015 - 28 comments


Cutting research into greenhouse gases? With our emissions profile? Now? This can’t possibly be mere stupidity. This must be willful blindness.

Hot hotter hottest

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, September 15th, 2015 - 102 comments


Plenty of distractions in the political circus at the moment, but meanwhile

Refugee crisis a taste of things to come

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, September 12th, 2015 - 74 comments


The current refugee crisis is but a taste of the climate refugee crisis to come. But it according to Key it’s fine, because it won’t be a problem in the next year or two.

Greens’ climate discussion paper

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, September 4th, 2015 - 122 comments

green logo

The Greens are attempting something remarkable, a plan that is economically credible, but set in the context of realistic environmental constraints. Did they succeed?

NRT: Climate change: Absolute madness

Written By: - Date published: 5:11 pm, August 25th, 2015 - 12 comments

no right turn

I/S at No Right Turn: “the government is spending tens of millions of dollars a year paying these companies to destroy the world. It is absolute madness”.

July 2015 the warmest month ever

Written By: - Date published: 5:16 pm, August 21st, 2015 - 65 comments

Temp percentiles

July was hot hot hot. Meanwhile, let’s keep focussing on economic growth and more exports (and not making the middle classes too nervous that life is going to change radically, one way or another).

Andrew Little on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, August 12th, 2015 - 51 comments


The Labour Leader gave a powerful speech to the Environmental Defence Society conference today.

Zero by 50

Written By: - Date published: 5:34 pm, August 9th, 2015 - 138 comments


In Copenhagen, our government committed itself, and by extension, us “To hold the increase in global temperature below two degrees Celsius and to take actions to meet this objective, consistent with the science and on the basis of equity”

And yet…

Obama’s climate initiative – too little too late

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, August 5th, 2015 - 48 comments

smoke stacks

Far too late in his presidency Obama is taking important action on climate change. But it isn’t enough, not nearly enough, as new research shows that we need to achieve “negative emissions” (i.e. carbon capture).

Emissions targets an admission that we don’t care

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 8th, 2015 - 46 comments

head in the sand

The emissions reduction target decided by the Nat government is an admission that we as a country don’t give a stuff about the future.

An open letter to Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 432 comments

Andrew Little

A respectful open letter to Andrew Little with suggestions for how to win the next election!

Universal Basic Income Experiment

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, June 26th, 2015 - 97 comments


Income in a world of climate change.

Pope Francis has much to say

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, June 22nd, 2015 - 219 comments


Pope Francis on Climate Change

Written By: - Date published: 1:07 pm, June 16th, 2015 - 66 comments


No beating about the bush.

It’s just too expensive to act on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, June 15th, 2015 - 187 comments


Imagine Wellington without coastal roads. Of course, it’s just too expensive to take action on our greenhouse gas emissions…

Herald supports Greens on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, June 4th, 2015 - 96 comments

New life

Even an anonymous editorial in The Herald supports The Greens’ proposal for discussions with National on climate change. Key needs to acknowledge the facts, get some guts, and stop playing politics with the issue.

Yes it is

Written By: - Date published: 1:56 pm, May 31st, 2015 - 53 comments


“Is this a glimpse of Earth’s future?”

National literally want to hide the costs of inaction on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, May 20th, 2015 - 134 comments


We the people only learned of Treasury projections on the costs of inaction on climate change (up to $52 billion) because someone screwed up a redacted document. We were never meant to know. And National’s Minister for Climate Change Issues statement on the matter is that Treasury should have done a better job of hiding this vital information from the public.

Climate “consultation” – Fix Our Future

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, May 19th, 2015 - 12 comments


The government is “consulting” we the people on New Zealand’s climate change target. You can use Generation Zero’s Fix Our Future site to make a submission. Do it!


Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, May 11th, 2015 - 180 comments

smoke stacks

A significant milestone has been passed.

Hot Air

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, May 10th, 2015 - 2 comments


The award winning documentary Hot Air, on the politics of climate change in New Zealand, by Alister Barry & Abi King-Jones, is now free to view on Youtube.

The Californian canary

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


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


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


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


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


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 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?

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