Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, October 31st, 2017 - 2 comments
Petitions and links to further info on COP23.
Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, October 30th, 2017 - 10 comments
A new report from the Deep South National Science Challenge highlights the infrastructure issues and that adaptation could require significant and expensive changes to stormwater and wastewater networks.
Written By: - Date published: 1:53 pm, October 27th, 2017 - 98 comments
Sorry about the title. But seriously, what other reaction is there?
Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, October 25th, 2017 - 55 comments
National’s roads of national significance programme looks to be no more with an early casualty being the East West Link in Auckland, which per kilometre was destined to be the most expensive transport project the world has ever seen.
Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, October 23rd, 2017 - 50 comments
This post is too long to read. Its purpose is to serve as reference material, a “one stop” snapshot of where we are as a country. The mess that the new government inherits. The consequences of the nine long wasted years of National. The magnitude of the challenge ahead of us.
Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, October 4th, 2017 - 25 comments
I suspect that ETS has become a political football in the next parliament, but probably not part of a coalition agreement with either National or Labour. My guess is that both NZ First and the Greens will want it off the table unless it is agreed that it will go. That leaves them able to vote against further stupid patches being added to it.
Written By: - Date published: 3:49 pm, September 18th, 2017 - 105 comments
The farmers’ protest in Morrinsville today unfortunately shows that we have made no progress in the 15 years since Bill English attacked the wrong PM with his “mad cow” insult. Meanwhile the effects of climate change have got worse, our options for dealing with it have got fewer, and the Nats don’t want you to know about $19bn of NZ property at risk.
Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, September 11th, 2017 - 75 comments
Voting has opened for advance votes and the expectation is that it will be pretty heavy prior to polling day over the next couple of weeks. I’ll be out there voting today for Jacinda Arden as my local MP, and for the Greens as my party vote.
Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, September 8th, 2017 - 120 comments
Jacinda Ardern has released Labour’s climate change policy – including zero net carbon emissions by 2050. Jacinda has called climate change “my generation’s nuclear-free moment”.
Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, August 31st, 2017 - 5 comments
Denis Tegg reports that the Government is hiding a second critical report on climate change until after the election.
Written By: - Date published: 12:29 pm, July 27th, 2017 - 4 comments
Professor Euan Mason of the University of Canterbury’s School of Forestry in response to the proposed changes: “This is the nail in the coffin of our ETS.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 16th, 2017 - 10 comments
Meet Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and original negotiator behind the Paris Agreement. She’s co-signed an article, published in Nature and signed by over 60 scientists as well as business leaders and other ‘pillars of the global community’ that headlines – “Three years to safeguard our climate”
Written By: - Date published: 2:21 pm, July 15th, 2017 - 25 comments
The text of James Shaw’s speech to the Greens Conference focussing on the Green’s policy response to Climate Change.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 8th, 2017 - 17 comments
There’s a very good / depressing long read in The Guardian on the dangerous “weaponising” of cynicism by climate change deniers. One of the most interesting sections was a discussion of the way that voters are more forgiving of lies than hypocrisy.
Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, July 1st, 2017 - 18 comments
Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, June 20th, 2017 - 23 comments
Our economic paradigm (market capitalism) and oil don’t mix. False hope (BECCS) and survival doesn’t mix. Current political settings (Paris pledges produce 3- 4 degrees C warming with the US on board) and intelligent action don’t mix. Incrementalism (time is not on our side) and AGW doesn’t mix. Whatever can’t be mixed into some AGW solution needs to be flushed.
Scary, huh? Well, yes and no…
Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, June 4th, 2017 - 27 comments
Denis Tegg has discovered details of Ministry for the Environment’s currently unpublished Guidelines for Local Authorities on Climate Change. The data relied on would appear to already be outdated but suggests that towns such as Thames are going to face inundation in coming decades.
Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, June 3rd, 2017 - 35 comments
US Secretary of State and Oil Baron Rex Tillerson is visiting New Zealand next Tuesday. And 350 Aotearoa is planning to provide him with a warm reception.
Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, June 3rd, 2017 - 41 comments
Guess which two NZ broadcasters have disgraced themselves by lining up behind Trump’s lunatic fringe denier posturing.
Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, June 2nd, 2017 - 213 comments
Donald Trump has announced that the USA will be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Change Accord.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 15 comments
Why isn’t National taking active steps to curb our emissions? We committed to reduce to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, instead we are expected to increase. This is a massive failure of vision, commitment, and competence.
Written By: - Date published: 3:20 pm, May 3rd, 2017 - 24 comments
I guess any sign of sanity is to be encouraged. But. When the Nats came to power there was a framework for reducing carbon. The Nats dismantled or weakened it. Now, nine long years later, they want Yet Another Study?