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Predator free a fantastic goal – but…

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 26th, 2016 - 231 comments


Feel-good promises for 2050 are easy. Add this one to the list with a cycleway the length of NZ, a secret plan to end Japanese whaling, the War on P, our emissions reduction (hah!) targets, plans to be a “financial hub”, the promise of pandas, and so on and so on.

Climate Change on our doorsteps (literally)

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, July 25th, 2016 - 89 comments


In the wake of Wellington’s storm over the weekend, it’s time to future proof our critical infrastructure.

Climate change and trees – a palliative and not a solution

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, July 20th, 2016 - 108 comments


One alleviation for the effects of climate change is to plant trees, or some other form of vegetation. This is to suck up surplus carbon dioxide and to put it into a solid and relatively inert form. And it does. However it simply won’t work when we have rapid climate change.

God Botherer

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, July 17th, 2016 - 461 comments


God’s been a bit of a let down recently. Is it time for Him to retire?

The Chrematistic Camel

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 pm, July 4th, 2016 - 110 comments


So this post is about a suite of frameworks not to adopt if the goal is to avoid 2 degrees of global warming.

Generation Zero – Zero Carbon Act

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, July 1st, 2016 - 151 comments


“We’re not going to wait around for our politicians to do the right thing any longer; we’re going to draft a bill ourselves with help from experts and collaborators, and work to get all political parties to support it and pass it through Parliament.”

A bit wet lately

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, June 30th, 2016 - 105 comments


It’s a Side-show, “Bob”.

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, June 28th, 2016 - 279 comments


From the circus that never leaves town.

A Tale of Two Droughts

Written By: - Date published: 6:38 pm, June 22nd, 2016 - 44 comments


Climate change is now causing extreme dry weather events and is increasingly blamed for water shortages. But what we are doing on the ground has just as much influence on our experience of drought. As New Zealand farmers call for drought relief this winter, it’s time we looked at how we manage land and water, and the critical role this plays in whether humans can live with variable rainfall in the age of climate change. Here’s a stellar example from India.

Another shocking environmental record

Written By: - Date published: 10:28 am, June 21st, 2016 - 16 comments

New life

The world’s news is full of new environmental records. Here’s a shocker.

This is what sustainable fishing looks like

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, June 15th, 2016 - 119 comments


It turns out there will be no jobs on a dead planet.” 

While New Zealand is struggling to maintain integrity around fishing and resource management, an ocean farmer in the US is leading the way in economic and ecologic sustainability. This is how we can do things differently.

Official climate change fraud

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, June 14th, 2016 - 136 comments

Prof Kevin Anderson

Scientists and experts have been knowingly understating the unfolding climate change catastrophe to governments and decision makers. Why? For the sake of what is “politically palatable”.

Scottish Parliament votes to ban fracking. 

Written By: - Date published: 3:14 pm, June 11th, 2016 - 60 comments

ban fracking

Imagine a country where the political divide is over whether to ban fracking outright or to be opposed to fracking but have a moratorium first in order to gather more evidence.

What now Paula?

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, June 7th, 2016 - 20 comments


Seeing is believing they say, and Paula Bennett says that she has taken on board the climate change message after a Pacific visit. So what now Paula? It’s a tough question for sure. But at least you’re blessed with an opposition that will cooperate, instead of trying to whip up people’s fears and obstruct progress for political gain.

Good News!

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, June 5th, 2016 - 158 comments

global warming

May figures just out…

Vaccines DO Cause Autism Shock!

Written By: - Date published: 7:29 pm, June 2nd, 2016 - 266 comments


A young Mexican scientist has compiled compelling evidence about the link between vaccines and autism. Not only does 12 year old Marco Arturo provide a comprehensive overview of the dangers, he also brilliantly channels Barack Obama. The best two minutes on the net today.

Trump In, Bern Out, Hillary Home and Hosed?

Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, May 27th, 2016 - 196 comments


Donald Trump has finally got the last Republican delegates need to secure his candidacy. Bernie Sanders has lost his race (but is being pressured to stand as an independent). Now that the candidates are all but confirmed, the sideshow is over. It’s Clinton vs Drumpf in the most entertaining election in a generation.

The Mother Budget

Written By: - Date published: 6:21 pm, May 26th, 2016 - 86 comments

Hubble discovers Black Holes in unexpected places.

There are budgets and there are budgets. And for all the presence or absence of bright ideas, there’s a budget that threatens to subsume all others…

Greenhouse emissions taskforce

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, May 22nd, 2016 - 115 comments


With news that NZ’s greenhouse emissions are at a 25 year high the announcement of a new taskforce “to provide advice and ways in which we can drive down our emissions” is as welcome as it is overdue.

Climate change: time playing tricks

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 pm, May 21st, 2016 - 18 comments

dimming the sun

A recap of the 2006 climate change documentary “Dimming the Sun” featuring NASA’s Jim Hansen. Time has definitely not been kind to us.

Europe 1 Dunedin 0

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 20th, 2016 - 79 comments

blueskin turbine cropped

In Europe different communities and countries have managed to rely solely on renewable electricity sources, but in Dunedin some locals are fighting a community’s attempt to become sustainable.

We’re going to burn it all, until we burn it down.

Written By: - Date published: 12:11 am, May 20th, 2016 - 173 comments


What does it really mean to reduce NZ’s total fossil fuel use by 50% by 2030: a warm up discussion for an upcoming thought experiment.


Written By: - Date published: 12:28 pm, May 19th, 2016 - 114 comments

global warming

There are bits of good news out there, but there’s a lot of denial around the mess we’re in.

A message for our anti-science government

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, May 18th, 2016 - 37 comments

drought cows

Here’s some more science for the government to hate on: “Paris climate agreement cannot be met without emissions reduction target for agriculture”.

Nice weather down here…

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, May 16th, 2016 - 181 comments

hot potato

… and a freight train coming down the tracks.

Break Free 2016

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, May 12th, 2016 - 60 comments


Break Free From Fossil Fuels. There are still events coming up in NZ, including today in Dunedin.

Silencing scientists integral to National’s anti-science DNA

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, May 11th, 2016 - 40 comments


“It’s gone too far. The spin and message control has got stronger. They are less willing to put scientists out there to talk to the public because of the inability to control the message” – Shaun Hendy.

Alberta burning

Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, May 8th, 2016 - 31 comments


The Canadian wildfire is “unprecedented” in its size and ferocity. There have been mass evacuations, and whole suburbs burnt out. Wildfires have doubled in Canada since the early 70’s – “And we’ve published work that states that this is because of human-caused climate change.”

Climate Change Change Pt 1: What are we waiting for?

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, May 3rd, 2016 - 48 comments


Before government spending cuts there was The Riot for Austerity, a grass roots Climate Change movement that showed how it was possible for ordinary people to change and significantly reduce their carbon emissions without someone forcing them to.

Maybe stop dropping it…

Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, May 2nd, 2016 - 151 comments

hot potato

…the hot potato – stop dropping it. Maybe grow the fuck up and react intelligently to the blindingly obvious.

Who needs water anyway

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, April 30th, 2016 - 46 comments


Or waterways are starting to stink as much as our murky tax havens.

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