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Local Bodies: Climate Change Just Got Personal

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, January 19th, 2018 - 25 comments

“At 46 degrees latitude south, New Zealand’s southern most city has regularly been experiencing similar temperatures to cities near the equator. When we were sizzling at 32 degrees, we equaled Cairns, were 2 degrees warmer than Jakarta and Suva and 6 above Nairobi. These cities are used to such temperatures and their ecosystems have adapted to it, it has been a severe shock to ours.”

Really buffering climate change

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 pm, January 14th, 2018 - 53 comments

The recent development of accident and disaster insurance over the last century is now having a profound influence on buffering climate change. The Economist had a recent article with an excellent graph. Perhaps this is worth encouraging to give a price signal and a political lobby against that of the polluter lobby.

James Shaw: a stocktake on climate change action in Aotearoa – livestream announcement 11am

Written By: - Date published: 10:39 am, December 15th, 2017 - 33 comments

Spoiler alert: We need to do better.

World Bank to stop funding oil and gas exploration

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, December 14th, 2017 - 29 comments

It is time for all of the institutions, countries, investors and individuals who are still in the Paris Agreement to stop funding fossils – once and for all.

– Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director of Oil Change International

Sea level rise: coming to a town near you

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, December 12th, 2017 - 39 comments

From Newsroom:

“We now see building new suburbs on land prone to liquefaction in much of the country as foolish … We should see allowing new subdivisions on vulnerable coastal land as equally foolish.”

– Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright

Guest Post: Monbiot, Attenborough and Soper on environmental collapse

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, December 6th, 2017 - 43 comments

Guest post by Ed about the intellectual rigour of George Monbiot and David Attenborough and the rater strange response of Barry Soper.

The Pike River Supreme Court decision – Helen Kelly would be pleased

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, November 24th, 2017 - 19 comments

Helen Kelly blogged four years ago why the deal that allowed Peter Whittall to walk free following the Pike River disaster was unjust and flawed. Yesterday the Supreme Court agreed.

Auckland’s impending environmental crisis

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, November 2nd, 2017 - 12 comments

Unless Auckland Council finds more funding for the environment the predictions for what will happen are dire.

Aquifer recharge

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 31st, 2017 - 44 comments

Lifelong angler John Hodgson explains why the water table in Canterbury and what we are doing to it matters.

(post updated with recommendations)

 

A Sugar Coated World

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 24th, 2017 - 42 comments

Yum! That would make for generations of ecstatic kids, no?

Industrial dairying and blue babies

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, October 11th, 2017 - 165 comments

When you run an economy that sees harm to babies as acceptable risks that can be mitigated, then you are approaching society’s end game.

NRT: This stinks

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, October 11th, 2017 - 71 comments

Idiot/Savant points to the unfairness of the Government having forced Christchurch red zone families off their land and now trying to sell that land at a profit.

Pike River families win a “political reality”

Written By: - Date published: 7:55 am, October 6th, 2017 - 90 comments

Among the biggest winners of the election will be the Pike River families. Labour and Greens support re-entry. Gower on National: “They will not go into Opposition over this… They will literally go back on everything they’ve said in order to get Winston into power.”

Vote for compassion and competence

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, September 21st, 2017 - 44 comments

National has created the perception that it is a better manager of Government than Labour and is suggesting that it is more compassionate. Neither claim is true.

The Climate Debate Tues 7pm

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 pm, September 19th, 2017 - 18 comments

Event at Auckland Uni and live streamed, the major political parties debate the climate with Rod Oram as MC.

Greens: Fuel pipeline debacle puts environment at risk

Written By: - Date published: 3:57 pm, September 18th, 2017 - 25 comments

Despite assurances from industry and council, there are still unanswered questions about the environmental impact at the Ruakaka oil leak.

Closing the loops on oil spills and broken pipe lines

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, September 18th, 2017 - 210 comments

This isn’t what we meant by keep it in the ground.

Mike Joy honoured and Ecan occupied

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, September 15th, 2017 - 15 comments

The inaugural Critic and Conscience of Society Award is given to Dr Mike Joy, and protestors take their protest to Environment Canterbury .

Plant trees, love NZ: the Greens’ bold Climate Protection Plan

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 11th, 2017 - 67 comments

The Greens have a comprehensive, detailed plan for NZ on what to do about climate change that works through transforming the economy, ending poverty, and protecting the environment.

NZ Super Fund divests from high risk fossil fuels

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, August 16th, 2017 - 7 comments

350 Aotearoa and the Green Party on the $950 million removal from high-risk fossil fuel investments.

Hope for Pike River families

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, August 15th, 2017 - 10 comments

Most major political parties apart have agreed to a commitment which would set up a government agency to take over Pike River Mine and reclaim the miners’ bodies. Naturally the exception is National – isolated on this issue prior to the election….

Rain doesn’t cause most floods, humans do

Written By: - Date published: 12:11 pm, July 23rd, 2017 - 50 comments

What to do with all the water falling from the sky? Some choices are smarter than others.

State of emergency for planet earth

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, July 22nd, 2017 - 52 comments

Climate scientists: Our conclusion that the world has overshot appropriate targets is sufficiently grim to compel us to point out that pathways to rapid emission reductions are feasible.

State of emergency on the South Island’s east coast

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 pm, July 21st, 2017 - 22 comments

Evacuations are now happening throughout Otago and Canterbury, with more rain expected over night and into Saturday.

NZ’s climate change guinea pigs

Written By: - Date published: 12:10 pm, July 21st, 2017 - 55 comments

The first round of climate change pass-the-parcel is about to knock some players out of the property investment game. The rest of NZ should be paying attention.

David Seymour is the smeghead of the year

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, July 18th, 2017 - 73 comments

David Seymour has managed to make the most stupid statement by a politician this year, and it is only just over half way through.

The Greens rock their AGM

Written By: - Date published: 6:49 am, July 16th, 2017 - 18 comments

Greening the economy not for the sake of the economy but for the wellbeing of the people, the Green Party want us to be an exemplar to the world and lead the way.

The Green Infrastructure Fund

Written By: - Date published: 2:48 pm, July 15th, 2017 - 18 comments

The Greens commit to making NZ carbon-neutral by 2050.

Green Party announcement: charging on water bottling and a moratorium on new plants

Written By: - Date published: 3:26 pm, July 9th, 2017 - 117 comments

As part of their water policy the Greens intend to charge bottling companies for water take, and to put a moratorium on new bottling plants until NZ decides what is the best way to protect our water. They also want to improve regulations across the board to make drinking water safe.

No Right Turn: Climate change: Ending oil

Written By: - Date published: 6:51 am, July 9th, 2017 - 53 comments

I/S at No Right Turn writes: “Fossil fuels are the primary cause of climate change. A significant chunk of those fossil fuels are burned in cars, so if we want to beat climate change, we need to stop doing that. And today, the French government signalled that it would do just that, announcing that it would ban the sale of petrol and diesel-fuelled cars by 2040″

What happened to the Newshub article about Nick Smith and the Pike River film?

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, July 8th, 2017 - 41 comments

A Newshub article where Nick Smith contradicts the Police and Solid Energy about the existence of video showing a body in Pike River has disappeared …

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