Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New Research Gives Hope To Farmers

New Research Gives Hope To Farmers

ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today welcomed recent research into reducing nitrous oxide emissions, and nitrate leaching in waterways - describing it as a breakthrough in New Zealand's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"Research by Lincoln University's Professor KC Cameron and Associate Professor HJ Di, in partnership with farmer-owned Ravensdown Fertiliser, shows that, by treating grazed pasture soil - including animal urine patches - with a nitrification inhibitor, nitrous oxide emissions from animal urine patches can be dramatically reduced," Mr Eckhoff said.

"Twenty percent of New Zealand's total greenhouse gas emissions are made up of nitrous oxide emissions.

"The good news for farmers' is that preliminary calculations show New Zealand could achieve its target - under the Kyoto Protocol - of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by adopting this technology alone.

"Ministers' Pete Hodgson and Jim Sutton will be sweating on the results of further tests, hoping it will get them - and the Labour Government - out of a tight spot with farmers.

"This research, if successful, must finally put Labour's ridiculous flatulence tax proposal to bed, once and for all," Mr Eckhoff said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news