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Scoop Link: Guardian's 'Greenwash' vs New Zealand

New Zealand was a friend to Middle Earth, but it's no friend of the earth


Lord of the Rings country trades on its natural beauty, but emissions have risen 22% since it signed up to Kyoto
Fred Pearce
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 12 November 2009 10.28 GMT


As the world prepares for the Copenhagen climate negotiations next month, it is worth checking out the greenwash that has followed the promises made 12 years ago when the Kyoto protocol was signed.

A surprising number of countries have succeeded in raising their emissions from 1990 levels despite signing up to reduce them.

But my prize for the most shameless two fingers to the global community goes to New Zealand, a country that sells itself round the world as "clean and green".

New Zealand secured a generous Kyoto target, which simply required it not to increase its emissions between 1990 and 2010. But the latest UN statistics show its emissions of greenhouse gases up by 22%, or a whopping 39% if you look at emissions from fuel burning alone.

Full article at guardian.co.uk

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