Govt opts for weak climate change target

Written By: - Date published: 6:21 am, July 27th, 2009 - 44 comments
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As expected, the Key Government has decided not to listen to the scientists on climate change. Rather than the 40% reduction in emissions by 2020 that the scientists are saying the the minimum developed nations need to achieve to start greenhouse gas levels heading back to safe levels, they’ll be setting a weaker target instead, perhaps 15%. Ultimately, the target will be set as part of the negotiations for the successor to Kyoto in Copenhagen.

There’s a paper out on the costs of 15% reductions from Infometrics and NZIER. The cost of $3,000 per person a year seems a lot but it’s based on little better than guesswork by organisations with an ideological imperative to discourage serious government effort on climate change, and ignores the cost of inaction. Anyway, it’s deceptive to talk in ‘per person’ terms because the costs are borne by polluters, not everyone equally.

Whatever the target, the real question is whether the Key Government’s new Emissions Trading Scheme will have the backbone to make us reach it. Will this government really have the stomach to tell its base that it’s time to face the costs of their emissions? Let’s hope so. In the meantime, we need to keep pushing for a better reductions target.

Of course, New Zealand isn’t the only country struggling with this issue. An ETS is working its way through Congress in the States. Although it has been weakened (the 2020 target is only 17%) it is a hugely important achievement that the US is finally beginning to pull its weight. Still, could be better:

[Btw, Guyon, nonsensical comments like ‘not much sign of climate change here in Wellington, it’s still pretty cold’ is one of the reasons why the do-nothing lobby has been so successful. Climate is not weather, you shouldn’t be sowing seeds of confusion in your audience]

44 comments on “Govt opts for weak climate change target ”

  1. Mike 1

    Some great spin there that the media is uncritically repeating.

    National is presenting the cost of reducing emissions on a per person basis, when the principle behind the ETS is that the polluter pays for their pollution. Costs of compliance with the scheme will not be evenly spread over the NZ populace.
    American studies have shown that putting a price on carbon is actually a net benefit for those on below-average incomes.

  2. The report RNZ this morning that NZ forests are larger than expected (link is at http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/stories/2009/07/27/1245bca65557) means that the Greenpeace target is easier to reach and it is more difficult to explain why such a weak target is being put into place.

    I presume that this current data means that Smith’s continuous claims that under Labour the size of all forests had decreased is, to put it mildly, incorrect. Can we expect an apology?

    • andre 2.1

      No you are wrong! From the MAF forestry facts & figures. Age class profile of all NZ plantation forests:

      Ages 11 – 15 years = 440,000 hectares
      Ages 6 – 10 years = 320,000 hectares
      Ages 1 – 5 years = 220,000 hectares

      Who was in government the last five years again? Can we expect an apology

  3. illuminatedtiger 3

    I don’t understand why people are expecting so much from a government of climate change deniers.

    “CO2 is a misunderstood nutrient”

    “Climate Change is a complete and utter hoax.”

  4. Sting 4

    The CC delusion is the utter hoax pushed along by lefty fear mongers.It’s so cold this morning Jack Frost has frozen the old computer.

  5. BLiP 5

    Perhaps its time we used a little of their own tactics (ie bullshit, jellybeans and obfuscation) back at them?

    Here is a secrety filmed segment from the briefing given to Nick Smith prior to his decision to ignore the wishes of New Zealanders concerning what they want the John Key National Government Inc to do on their behalf concerning the future of the planet. :mrgreen:

    (RedLogix – you might be especially interested bearing in mind your comment re engingeering vs economics.)

  6. lprent 6

    I see that Sting doesn’t understand what the word change means. If you stuff extra energy into a chaotic system it means that weather gets different at local, regional, and global. To try and derive climate from a morning frost is like reading the outcome of battle in the entrails of a goat.

    It simply indicates a fool governed by superstition

    • Eddie 6.1

      I haven’t checked but I’m pretty sure Sting is our old friend D4J

      • Tim Ellis 6.1.1

        Yes, I think you’re right Eddie. Both me and I think Felix “hi dad”ed him last week.

        • The Voice of Reason 6.1.1.1

          Careful, Tim. “Both me and I think …”

          Could be seen as confirmation by some around here that yours is a composite name used by a team of monkeys randomly pounding on a bank of typewriters in the hope of coming up with Shakespeare or even harder, a justification for Key’s inaction.

          Pip Pip!

    • djp 6.2

      I understand…

      It used to be called Global Warming… but now is called Climate Change to make it un-falsifiable

      ps. Captcha is “Changing” how about that eh

      • Bright Red 6.2.1

        It hasn’t been referred to as global warming in the scientific literature for decades.

        Originally, they talked about the ‘greenhouse effect’ (if I recall correctly that term was coined in the 1930s, although the science had been posulated from the 19th century), the basic science of which was well understood by the 1950s then attention turned to the real-world consequences.

        The term ‘global warming’ came into use because that’s the basic result of the greenhouse effect, the globe warms, but was replaced because it is a bit misleading – it suggests the only outcome of the greenhouse effect is the world gets hotter.

        In fact, the climate system becomes more energetic – that means more heat but also more storms, more severe weather events, changing climate patterns. The atmosphere overall is warming and most places will experience that as hotter, less stable weather but in localised areas it may cool (Northern Europe if the Atlantic conveyor is disrupted, for example). Hence, ‘climate change’.

  7. I agree that we should try to reduce carbon emissions – I’m less sure of what ideological imperative those non-partisan research institutes have. I also think we’re all being a little naive assuming that only those bad polluters will pay – very few taxes have 100% incidence on producers, for the simple reason that they become part of cost, and businesses don’t tend to sell goods at below cost. A cap and trade scheme would definitely affect people that drive more, and so forth. But it would affect all of us pretty heavily, even if we don’t own any factories ourselves, because we use the things that they make.

  8. Lanthanide 8

    “Anyway, it’s deceptive to talk in ‘per person’ terms because the costs are borne by polluters, not everyone equally.”

    Everyone is a polluter. If you use electricity or petrol, you are a polluter. If you use goods and services provided by someone who does use electricity or petrol, then you are also a polluter.

    So yes, the costs are borne by everyone, however those costs may not be borne equally by everyone.

  9. Tim Ellis 9

    I think it’s refreshing that the government identifies the costs in real terms to consumers. It’s all very well to have nifty Greenpeace campaigns, but unless they are open about the impact on the ordinary cost of living of New Zealanders by adopting their targets, it’s not really giving us much perspective.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      They are open about it – they’re also open about the cost if we don’t do anything which is much higher.

      • Tim Ellis 9.1.1

        That’s funny, DTB. I haven’t seen all of the ads, admittedly, but I haven’t seen any of them that say that individuals will lose $60 a week through a 40% reduction.

    • Macro 9.2

      But what are the real costs of the govts inaction Tim? There are very real costs to all NZers if we continue with our doing nothing policy. These costs are not spelled out by the Govt, and they are considerably more than the “worst case” scenario presented by Nick Smith which assumes that no one converts land from agriculture to forestry – and that the cost of 1 ton of carbon is at the highest levels of $200 – $400 per ton. But what of the cost to NZ of constant deep depressions with large scale flooding, and long drought in canterbury and the hawkes bay,(yes the two are consistent and predicted with climate change) a rise of at least 600mm in sea level by 2100, and probably higher if the world continues with business as usual. And not to forget tokalua all inhabitants of which are NZers only 4 m above sea level at its highest – doomed to obliteration. And the list goes on.
      The fact of the matter is that we – ie NZers and the developed world have been living unsustainably for quite some time. There are about 6 billion people in the world at present and about 6 billion hectares of usable land. NZers lifestyles on average use about 8 hectares of land per person (the 4th highest in the world). A person in Afganistan uses about half a hectare. Now I’m not suggesting that we all become peasants. But we are going to have to pay for our profligate life style at some time in the future. Just as we are going to have to pay back all that money private NZers have borrowed from overseas to buy houses or the latest TV.

  10. Bill 10

    No Worries.

    “America (…) virtually blinding itself to climate change by cutting funds to the environmental satellite programmes(…). A report by the National Academy of Sciences this year warned that the environmental satellite network was at risk of collapse.

    In February, a Nasa satellite (…) crashed near Antarctica only three minutes after lift-off.

    The satellite would have measured carbon emissions at 100,000 points around the planet every day, providing a wealth of data compared to the 100 or so fixed towers currently in operation in a land-based network

    June’s land and sea surface temperatures were the second hottest on record, and scientists are predicting this will be the warmest decade in recorded history. The last major El Niño was in 1998, the hottest year in recorded history”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jul/26/climate-change-obama-administration

  11. Bill 11

    Meanwhile, the next bubble to bring us bust is predicted to be carbon trading. Whoop. Do bubbles get bigger before popping in hotter environments or something?

    A must read on Goldman Sachs and The Great American Bubble Machine by Matt Taibbi.

  12. Redbaiter 12

    Guyon Espiner raised the false issue of NZ being penalised in world trade for failing to introduce cap and trade polices-

    1) Such penalties are prohibited by the WTO.

    2) When Labour pushed trade with the Chinese Generals, the mantra from the left was trade is trade and policies are policies.

    3) Labour gave no mind to trade penalties when they banned nuclear ships.

    Guyon Espiner is not a journalist. He is IMHO, an evil propagandising leftist shill posing as a journalist. People like Espiner are of the kind that allowed Adolf Hitler to rise to power. The evil we must all fight against is totalitarianism. Espiner promotes it.

  13. Zorr 13

    I know I shouldn’t reply to Redbaiter, but as far as point #1 goes I have seen a lot of evidence from Paul Krugman and a few other economists providing the evidence that such trade tariffs can actually be legitimate under the WTO if implemented with the right “wording”.

    I will go and dig through my RSS history and see if I can find the specific posts as evidence a little later today but currently meant to be working… >_<

    (Also, apologies if this is a double post. Sometimes my net screws up)

  14. Zorr 14

    Right, just found the two posts.

    The main one is this one. It includes a link through to the actual details. Also this one provides a little light reading and some further information and links.

    Enjoy.

  15. jagilby 15

    “There’s a paper out on the costs of 15% reductions from Infometrics and NZIER. The cost of $3,000 per person a year seems a lot but it’s based on little better than guesswork by organisations with an ideological imperative”

    Can someone from the left then please compile some detailed “guesswork” into the cost and methods in which we will get to 40%?

    If 40% is necessary to avoid a CO2 induced apocolypse can you at least provide some constructive means in which to achieve this other that offered by 350 Aotearoa:

    “Explain that it’s not up to any one group to identify where the emission cuts are going to be, but that it will require a collaborative effort between Government, community and business.”

    Well isn’t that great. So… just throw a figure at government and basically tell them to sort it out… host some talkfests, organise a few hui. That’ll do it.

    I tried to have an informed discussion about the alternatives for electrcity generation a couple of days ago and basically every alternative was pie in the sky…
    1. tidal by 2020 – cost prohibitive and plant generation capabilities not at required scale;
    2. geothermal – resource simply unavailable;
    3. wave generation – cost prohibitive, plant generation capabilities not at required scale, consent issues;
    4. reduction in demand side – current demand growth is estimated by MED to be 2% p.a., just reducing this to nil by 2020 would require a massive shift in social behaviour over a decade given migration/population growth. In short… highly unlikely. Draco, if you come back with the whole “just make sacrifices” argument I may have to shove an Banjo down your throat (before I lose the provocation defence) – where, exactly (in a detailed breakdown), are YOU PERSONALLY going to make to 60% reduction in your current demand to get back to 40% of 1990 levels?

    So where to then? Even if I am somewhat skeptical of the religion (yes, I will call it that), I am all for sustainable living…A major wind project is basically in my backyard and I realise this is a compromise between having my cake and eating it too (which is far from what my left-leaning neighbours think!).

    Building Rome in a day is a great concept on paper. However, I think that if you are going to debate these things and throw numbers on the table you have to have at least the beginnings of a plan to do achieve it (and a hint of realism).

    • jagilby 15.1

      The silence is deafening.

    • jarbury 15.2

      Clearly cuts in CO2 emissions from power generation and agriculture will be difficult. As far as I know there is more potential for geothermal though, and tidal may become feasible if the cost of thermal generation goes through the roof due to an ETS.

      Which leaves us with transport. The government could embark on trying to reduce the CO2 emissions of our transport sector by investing in public transport, walking & cycling measures and providing real incentives for electric cars (like a subsidy for purchasing them, not just an offset on RUCs).

      Oh that’s right, we have Steven Joyce as our Minister for Trucking. He’s going to allow bigger trucks on the road and take money away from public transport to throw at new state highways.

      • jagilby 15.2.1

        1. Potential for geothermal generation is only estimated to be 365MW at high confidence by 2015…. that’s only approxmiately 1 year’s growth in demand. Contact has delayed its investment in the 220MW Te Mihi geothermal plant because of current economic conditions. Te Mihi was originally due for commission in 2011.

        2. Problem with transport is that it only accounts for 20% of NZs emissions… even if we got rid of it all we’d still have to erase an additional 40% off our emissions profile to get it to 40% of 1990 levels.

        Also what would you have us do with transport? Electrify the Auckland rail network? Light rail? Endorse hybrid/electric cars?… guess what… that increases demand for electricity generation plant, so what sources are we going to rely upon?

        Unless you can clear things up, to me it seems as though the transport/electricity generation argument is pretty circular unless we all get on bikes which, athough a great utopian ideal (I do love my bike!), is not going to happen.

        • jarbury 15.2.1.1

          This whole “oh it’s too hard” attitude is pretty frustrating actually. Figures out today on the growth of our forests over the past 18 years indicates that we’re about level with 1990 levels in terms of net CO2 emissions. And that’s what matters here – net emissions. The amount of CO2 we pump out minus the amount that we suck back in through additional tree planting.

          There’s a really good blog post on “No Right Turn” today about this issue. And I’ll quote the important bit:

          How much of a difference does the exclusion of forestry make? The Business Council for Sustainable Development points out that the report itself notes that MAF predicts that a $20 / ton carbon price would in the long term lead to increased planting of 100,000 hectares per year, sucking 30 MTCO2-e (around 50% of 1990 emissions) out of the atmosphere by 2020.

          While we will need to reduce gross emissions in some way, we can probably achieve most of a net emissions target by planting more trees.

          And in regards to transport, yes we do need to increase our renewable energy generation to fuel future electric trains/trams/etc.

          • jagilby 15.2.1.1.1

            “This whole “oh it’s too hard’ attitude is pretty frustrating actually.”

            And that is really the crux of this issue. It is hard. If is was easy then it wouldn’t be as much of an issue as it is.

            Hey, I like the idea of big bold targets, but in any robust debate you need to have answers to some pretty pertinent questions…. you’re not always preaching to the converted… these are the types of questions that need answering and the types of considerations that need to be considered.

            My point is that when you put 40% on the table as a value and organise a massive PR campaign around it then you have to have your ducks in order and a plan – that plan has to address some pretty fundamental questions and considerations that you’re likely to face.

            My job involves having a fairly indepth knowledge of energy, transport and finance. Championing environmentalism and poverty, as I’ve tried to show, cannot be thought of as mutually exclusive objectives. A big bold target for climate change is undoubtedly going to have a MAJOR effect on anyone who is just making ends meet as it is.

            “While we will need to reduce gross emissions in some way, we can probably achieve most of a net emissions target by planting more trees.”

            We sure can, but we also have to have the incentives there for people to plant trees – I think that was lost on the last government. As far as commercial forestry goes, if you plant trees (or have already planted trees), then in most cases you’ll want to cut them down as they mature and replant… making allowances in an ETS framework for that intial motivation to plant is key in any forestry considerations.

      • jagilby 15.2.2

        You are right though with regards to tidal.

        If the cost of thermal generation, post ETS, drove the electricity price path to sufficiently high levels then, and only then, could, COULD tidal become an option. My point is that the point where tidal becomes an option may be mean that the price path would have to rise to a significantly higher level than it would otherwise without an ETS. At what point does the price path increase really start to impinge on those at the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum (or for that matter drag those in the middle-class down to the lower end)? Do we really want the price path to hit levels where tidal power becomes viable?

        In any case, by the time:
        1. The ETS is finalised;
        2. The ETS effects the price path sufficently to raise it to a level where tidal becomes viable;
        3. A generator makes the decsion to invest;
        4. Consent is gained; and
        5. Construction is completed and plant commissioned.
        We are going to be well and truely beyond 2020.

        • Macro 15.2.2.1

          The conversion of unproductive farmland to forestry will go a long way to assist NZ towards making the 40% reduction. This was UNCOSTED by the report – despite putting a price of $200-400 per ton on carbon! Clearly the report was produced to put as BAD a picture on the face of things as it could.

    • Murray 15.3

      I agree, a cautious approach is better then blindly following a proposal just because its put up by greenpeace.
      A proposal that could turn NZ into a third world country

    • Draco T Bastard 15.4

      Already at less than 60% of my 1990 demand so what ever gave you the idea that I would need to cut my current demand down by 60% to get to 40% less than 1990 levels?

      No longer own a car and walk most places – take a bus if I need to go further.
      No longer smoke
      Don’t drink anywhere near as much
      Cut back meat and dairy in my diet
      No longer replace clothing every 6 months. The sweatshirt I have on is over ten years old.
      I only buy power saving light bulbs

      You see, I don’t consider cutting back as a sacrifice. I realized a long time ago that I don’t need or want most of what modern society seems to think I should need or want.

      As for the issue of cutting back society wide. Well, we could put in some standards such as requiring energy efficient light bulbs, that’s right, we did that but the NACT government repealed it.
      We could put in more public transport but NACT decided we needed more inefficient roads instead (not that the previous government were covered in glory there either).
      We could put a moratorium on build thermal power stations, that’s right, we did that too but the NACT government repealed it.
      We could put a large amount of money into R&D to cut down agricultural emissions, that’s right, we did that as well but the NACT government repealed it.
      We could have an emissions trading scheme where we cap emissions @ 1990 levels and then decrease the amount of permissions sold over time. Oh, wait – NACT repealed that as well.

      You see, we were already doing what was needed but NACT repealed it. It isn’t hard to get emissions down and I doubt if it would make that much difference to living standards – hell, they may even go up as unneeded crap is removed from the market.

      • jagilby 15.4.1

        “Already at less than 60% of my 1990 demand so what ever gave you the idea that I would need to cut my current demand down by 60% to get to 40% less than 1990 levels?”

        Ahhhhhh…. because we are already 20%-25% above 1990 levels already and on our current path (growth in demand etc) we will have to reduce it even further. That’s where I got that idea from.

        “I don’t consider cutting back as a sacrifice”

        I’ve taken all those same measures myself (my 10 year old sweater is also so styley that I don’t even consider it a sacrifice to wear it haha).

        With all due respect those measures you have taken will get you no where near where you need to be. By no means am I suggesting this, but I would think to reduce your consumption to the required level you would also probably have to consider:
        1. What heating sources you have in your home?;
        2. Will you cut meat and dairy completely out of your diet?;
        3. Do you get your power only from Meridian (considering it is the only carbon neutral generator)?;
        4. Have your hot water cylinder only on for 1 hour a day?
        5. Get a low pressure shower head?
        6. Do you have a compost heap (still methane emissions from that I would assume)?
        That’s only the beginning. You’d have to do far, far more.

        Do I think there should be a compulsion to do any of these things, NO. Will I do a lot of them myself, probably not (actually realisically I’ll never give up meat or dairy, get a low pressure shower head or for that matter subsidise Meridian’s highly inefficient business practices). And I am someone who is aware of the difference they will make… educating the ignorant masses is the only way this will work and even then it’s realistically not going to happen before 2020 regardless of who is in power.

        • jagilby 15.4.1.1

          Oh and you’d probably have to add to that list:
          1. Never, EVER, under any circumstances fly ANYWHERE or use imported goods.

  16. gobsmacked 16

    Nick Smith spells it out:

    “Let me be clear: Doing nothing is no longer an option,” he said.

    “The time has come to do as little as possible.”

    (as reported superbly by Lyndon Hood … )

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0907/S00296.htm

  17. mike 17

    As part of the lefts plan to keep everyone poor this alarmist climate change stuff fits the bill nicely. Pity it’s not vote winner……a bit like poor old Goffy in a way

  18. Pascal's bookie 18

    National blogging treasure Keith Ng ate Nick Smith’s lunch.

    When the report said that “40%” would cost $15b, it meant that if our carbon credit allocations were reduced by 40%, and our emissions level was unchanged, then it could cost New Zealand the equivalent of $15b.

    So the cost that Smith talks about is categorically NOT the cost of cutting New Zealand’s emissions.

    It is the opposite. It is the cost that New Zealand could face if we DON’T cut our emissions. Every unit of emission that we reduce now is a unit that come off this “$15 billion” price tag that Smith talks about.

    So that 60 dollar a week price is the potential cost of doing nothing. I sure hope the media pick up on this. ‘Minister flat out 100% turnabout wrong’ is usually a good story

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    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    3 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    4 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    5 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    6 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
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    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
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    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    2 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    3 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
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    3 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
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    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
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    4 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
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    4 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
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