Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, May 22nd, 2016 - 115 comments
Categories: climate change, global warming - Tags: actions speak louder, climate change, credit where it's due, emissions, emissions taskforce, global warming
This was predictable:
Greenhouse gases hit 25 year high
The latest assessment of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions shows they are at their highest level since 1990. The agriculture and energy sectors continue to be the highest contributors – making up 89 percent of New Zealand’s climate-damaging emissions.
The Greenhouse Gas Inventory is New Zealand’s official annual report of emissions.
The latest data showed emissions had increased 23 percent since 1990, and in 2014 the country emitted 81.1 million tonnes of climate-damaging gas.
Agricultural emissions had increased 15 percent since 1990, which the report said was primarily due to an almost 95 percent increase in the national dairy herd and a more than five-fold increase in the application of nitrogen-containing fertiliser. …
New Zealand’s greenhouse gas shame
The annual Environment Ministry report says gross emissions rose 1 per cent by the equivalent of 0.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, and gas removed through forestry dropped 2.5 per cent by 0.6 million tonnes, producing a total increase in net emissions of 1.4 million tonnes.
Gross emissions have now risen by 23 per cent, and net emissions by 54 per cent, since 1990. New Zealand’s gross emissions per person are now fifth highest out of the 41 countries which set reduction targets under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, and our net emissions are 14th highest. …
But the piece does contain a surprise:
Mrs Bennett said she planned to appoint “a high-level taskforce to provide advice and ways in which we can drive down our emissions”.
She has said previously that the taskforce would include business, farming and environmental groups, and that she was also open to a cross-party discussion about what the next steps should be. …
It would be easy to be cynical about this initiative. (Very, very easy.) But let’s not, because we need a way forward, and I for one will cling to any straw. Let’s engage constructively, and hope for and expect and demand real action. Hey Paula Bennett – why not start by making good on that cross party consensus. This is too big for politics. Why not put some Greens on your taskforce. I hear tell that they have a few ideas on reducing emissions.