Divisive ETS legislation passed
There were barely 10 members of parliament in the house to witness the passing of the Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading) Amendment Bill by 63 votes to 58 on Wednesday night.
Here is how scientists approached by the SMC for comment responded to the news. The bill's passing means the Government meets its objective of going to Copenhagen with an emissions trading scheme officially in place.
Across the Tasman, carbon trading legislation is in turmoil after five members of the Liberal Party, which supports the legislation, resigned their front bench positions in protest at it.