Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, August 18th, 2023 - 7 comments
Our descendants will curse us
Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, August 5th, 2023 - 32 comments
“It’s clear domestic food supply chains have been increasingly challenged by natural disasters and the ongoing impact of climate change.”
Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, June 28th, 2023 - 35 comments
The United Nations University has released a sixteen minute film featuring world leading climate scientist and carbon budget specialist Professor Kevin Anderson talking about the utter catastrophe we are heading for if we don’t take radical action on climate now.
Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, March 5th, 2023 - 27 comments
To pay for recent flood damage Grant Robertson has to decide on what proportion of this will be paid by new debt, what proportion by reallocation of expenditure, and what proportion by special tax levies. Is an Australian style levy under consideration?
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 20th, 2023 - 42 comments
Just over seven months from the election the Labour government has been granted as great a political momentum as that leading into the 2020 election.
Written By: - Date published: 4:48 am, February 19th, 2023 - 1 comment
After the Auckland flood, Wayne Brown’s election will now be viewed as a cautionary tale. What can happen when someone who is inexperienced and unsuited to political office is elected to important political leadership roles. The blowback of this on the New Zealand right should not be understated, it is bad news for them.
Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, February 15th, 2023 - 155 comments
“There will be a certain crowd who say … let’s give up on stopping climate change and its focus entirely on responding to the effects of climate change and I cannot state enough what a catastrophic mistake that would be, because every tenth of a degree of warming increases the frequency and the severity of these events.”
Written By: - Date published: 9:22 pm, January 27th, 2023 - 129 comments
Heavy rain has caused severe flooding in Auckland, leading to evacuations, power outages, and high risk warnings of sewerage on beaches.
People are being urged to stay home if safe, and stay off the roads. Please also check on neighbours and people who may be struggling especially disabled people, elderly, those on their own, and those with young children and pets.
Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, January 15th, 2023 - 34 comments
What are we fighting exactly?
Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, November 1st, 2022 - 24 comments
July 28 was EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY. On July 29 we went into ecological deficit. Humans have used the entire annual budget of resources that can replenished by nature
There are of course many things we can do.
Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, August 19th, 2022 - 66 comments
If we keep doing what we are doing (not acting on climate), then at some point there will just be too many of these events to keep up with. But we still have time to limit the damage and transition society.
Written By: - Date published: 1:52 pm, July 16th, 2022 - 68 comments
The UK government is warning of an extreme heatwave coming next week and asking people to prepare. This is the beginning stage of climate collapse and it has the potential to get much worse. But it’s not too late to prevent the worst – choosing proactive pathways right now empowers us to make the changes needed.
Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, May 30th, 2022 - 35 comments
“There isn’t enough water falling from the sky or pouring down Canterbury’s rivers to actually dilute the nitrate contamination produced by thousands of tonnes of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser and over a million dairy cows across the plains,” – Mike Joy
Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, May 2nd, 2022 - 60 comments
Go you beautiful people!
Written By: - Date published: 10:00 pm, February 16th, 2022 - 4 comments
Today February 15th is the 80th anniversary of the fall of Singapore in 1942, described by many as Britain’s worst military disaster. It was a massive strategic fail, and its effect is still powerful today, most notably with Australia’s lockstep with the US. Current British strategists don’t seem to have learnt a thing.
Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, January 19th, 2022 - 12 comments
In 2010 the poor but proud Island Nation raised $705,000 to donate to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Fund. If New Zealanders were to reciprocate their generosity we would donate over $30 million. It is time for us to return the favour.
Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, November 3rd, 2021 - 43 comments
The story of New Zealand’s most polluted lake is the same story running through all of New Zealand society. We treat nature as an after thought that we can fix when things go wrong, even when we can’t. What if we told a different story?
Written By: - Date published: 7:54 pm, October 3rd, 2021 - 16 comments
Is setting priorities just a matter of resources?
Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, September 8th, 2021 - 13 comments
We’re now in the time of synchronous and overlapping crises. With Delta Level Two and ongoing restrictions affecting the hospitality sector, and eighteen months into our covid response, solutions need to be for the long haul. One of the keys to that is positive adaptation.
Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, August 10th, 2021 - 130 comments
As the IPCC drops its grim, damning report on humans and climate change, and as we are surrounded by social and mainstream media narratives of disaster, we desperately need cogent and hopeful visions of where we can go next, and stories of futures where things work out.
Written By: - Date published: 3:06 pm, July 16th, 2021 - 43 comments
Farmers aren’t the problem here, they’re the mirror New Zealand is holding up to itself. We say we want change, despite the evidence.
Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, July 4th, 2021 - 19 comments
So I was just driving around thinking, “Ugh it’s hot. Ugh there’s a new fire starting near me at least every other day. Ugh, how is this my life, also this is just the beginning, I feel like I should be waking up from this nightmare at some point and yet I am not,” when the editor finally reached me.
Written By: - Date published: 9:32 pm, June 8th, 2021 - 3 comments
June 8 is the anniversary of Aotearoa’s 1987 nuclear-free legislation. NZOnScreen is running a retrospective of our proud history, the Nuclear-free Collection. It is well worth a watch. I particularly liked the movie “Nuclear Reaction,” with Big Norm seeing off the French, Big Dave seeing off the Americans, and Kiwi Keith also clear about where we stood. The nuclear risk is worse now than it has ever been.
Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, April 27th, 2021 - 35 comments
This is tough information to take in. I feel better when I try to take action to support the Climate Justice Movement which has known for decades that capitalism must be transformed and replaced for decent survival. Individual-collective action is possible. Keep going. – @climateben
Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, March 13th, 2021 - 8 comments
it looks like just 1.5 degrees will be enough to cook most of the tropics:
Written By: - Date published: 12:10 pm, February 28th, 2021 - 28 comments
If we want to protect our environment and ourselves, we need to scale this back. And the easiest way to do that is give the river back: remove or massively scale back those consents, and let the rivers flow.
Written By: - Date published: 11:40 am, February 2nd, 2021 - 20 comments
The huge tyre fire near Amberley in North Canterbury last Friday is in an area with a high water table, extreme fire risk in summer, two kilometres from a town of 2000 residents, and on the edge of one of NZ’s premier wine regions.
Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, January 23rd, 2021 - 34 comments
The distracting political stupidities in places like the US and now in Russia tend to be entertaining for us southerners. But changes in climate are getting faster and more extreme. The continued instability in the northern polar vortex and the extreme weather it causes cut into our global food creating systems. The foundation of our population and societies. Froggies, the heat is still rising.