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Full Coverage: Copenhagen and NZ's ETS

Smellie Sniffs The Breeze: Taking Our Lumps At Copenhagen

Watching the Copenhagen climate change summit from Wellington today brings to mind the Pineapple Lumps ad where the Kiwi turns up late, hits the button, and is delighted to receive a toothsome booby prize while other countries make off with the riches. More>>

john key – image tv3 newsI know That Guy! Key Addresses Copenhagen Conference

Madam President, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. New Zealand came to Copenhagen with great hope of achieving a binding agreement that had developed and developing countries working together to respond to the challenges of climate change. [Image: TV3 News] More>>


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Methane: NZ Commits $45 Million For Global Research Alliance

Associate Climate Change Issues (International Negotiations) Minister Tim Groser and Agriculture Minister David Carter today announced that New Zealand will contribute $45 million over four years to the Global Research Alliance on agriculture greenhouse gases. More>>


Malcolm Evans cartoon – Copenhagen, island states and terror
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Climate Change: Copenhagen Spoof Shames Canada; No Joke!

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - ''Canada is 'red-faced'!'' ( Globe and Mail ) ''Copenhagen spoof shames Canada!'' ( Guardian) ''Hoax slices through Canadian spin on warming!'' ( The Toronto Star ) ''A childish prank!'' ( Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada ) More >>


Copenhagen: Greenpeace Calls For NZ To Clean Up Attitude

In an interview in Copenhagen Climate Change Negotiations Minister Tim Groser has called developing countries’ attempts to save their land and people “extremist”. He was referring in particular to the African bloc and Tuvalu, which in recent days have attempted to halt the talks on the basis that what’s on the table could mean their demise. More>>


PM's Presser: NZ “Isolated” On Key Copenhagen Issues

New Zealand’s special interest climate change topics are hardly getting a look-in at the global climate change summit in Copenhagen, Prime Minister John Key told his post-Cabinet press conference... Key also made it clear that New Zealand could not make a commitment to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in the next 10 years by the 30% cuts now being offered by the European Union... More>>


From The World News: Majority Of Disaster Deaths Climate-Related

More than three quarters of those people who died in disasters this year lost their lives to extreme weather events, which caused nearly $15 billion in damages worldwide, the top United Nations official on disaster risk reduction announced today. More >>


Greens: New Zealand Getting Left Behind In Copenhagen

New Zealand’s climate change targets are well below those being proposed at Copenhagen, said the Green Party today. “I have seen the draft negotiating text being discussed at Copenhagen. New Zealand’s stated targets are well below the four potential targets ... More>>


Copenhagen: Fossil Of The Day Award Makes Children Cry

New Zealand’s first Fossil of the Day award in Copenhagen came at the worst possible time for the New Zealand Youth Delegation (NZYD) after enjoying Young and Future Generations Day. More>>


Malcolm Evans cartoon on Copenhagen: Global disparityPacific.Scoop: Copenhagen – Is This Draft Document The Real Deal?

The dramatic story from yesterday was the appearance of a draft proposal from the Danish government for the final outcome. As host, the Danes are President of the conference and if there can’t be agreement from negotiating 20 pages of documents, there are precedents for the President to introduce a draft themselves. More>>


Copenhagen Begins: Fourteen days to seal history's judgment on this generation

malcolm evan on copenhagen: no plan b56 newspapers in 45 countries have taken the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency.

Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security. The dangers have been becoming apparent for a generation. Now the facts have started to speak: 11 of the past 14 years have been the warmest on record, the Arctic ice-cap is melting and last year's inflamed oil and food prices provide a foretaste of future havoc. More>>


Foot Power: Thousands March In Support Of Copenhagen Summit

Thousands of people turned out on Saturday in support of John Key taking strong action at the Copenhagen climate talks. More>>


Balancing Env' Resp's w. Econ' Opp's: PM To Go To Copenhagen

Prime Minister John Key announced today he will be attending the leaders’ meeting at the end of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen later this month.

The leaders’ event at the conference is due to be held on 17-18 December. More>>

Image: Greenpeace


OMG!!! Rising Sea Levels Could Flood The CBD By 2100

Startling news today that parts of Wellington’s central business district could be flooded if climate change results in rising sea levels. The city council issued a computer-generated image which shows what would happen if the water in the harbour rose by one metre and nothing was done to stop it. More>>

Strong Words: NZ Temperature Rise Clear, Coalition "Disingenuous"

1. Warming analysis is backed up by other observations 2. Ignoring major changes in site location will produce wrong results 3. NZ Climate Science Coalition disingenuous More>>


Geoff Keey: New Zealand Destroying Diplomatic Climate

First we had the bizarre comments from Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully. Saying that he didn’t want CHOGM taken over with “Copenhagen Issues”... And then, once John Key got to CHOGM there was the issue of funding to help poorer developing countries respond to climate change. More>>


Smellie Sniffs The Breeze: A Crap Deal For Maori

Everywhere the Government is being flayed by its supporters for doing some sweetheart deal with “bloody Maoris” over the emissions trading scheme. As if the crumbs from the table and the equitable settlement of Ngai Tahu’s legitimate gripe are really some big win for Maori. More>>

Copenhagen: Greens Think People Will Notice John Key Isn't There

News that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the climate summit in Copenhagen next month puts further pressure on Prime Minister John Key to do the right thing and also attend, the Green Party said today. More>>


Climate Change: ETS Changes Become Law

The Government’s Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading) Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today with the support of the Maori and United Future parties. More>>


Side Effects: Goff Gives Speech To Orewa Rotary Club Grey Power Palmerston North

New Zealand is at a cross-roads. We can celebrate the rich tapestry of our heritage and use it to move forwards as a nation; or re-open wounds and divisions where there can be healing. More>>

Nothing To See Here: No Maori Party Revolt On ETS The National Executive of the Maori Party has confirmed that no meeting has been organised or authorised of the National Council to discuss the decision of the Maori Party to support the Emissions Trading Scheme. More>>


Science Media Centre: UK Scientists On "Climategate" Emails

New Zealand climate scientist Dr Jim Salinger is among an international group of climate scientists quoted in emails obtained from the University of East Anglia's climate research unit and leaked onto the internet. More>>


ETS Phones Home: Nat-Maori Deal "Strikes Balance". Fancy That.

The Government has secured the support of the Māori Party to enable New Zealand to implement an affordable and workable emissions trading scheme next year, Minister for Climate Change Issues Nick Smith says.

“This deal strikes the right balance in protecting the future of our economy and our environment,” Dr Smith says. More>>


Images: Even Glaciers Suffer From Shrinkage

The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has just released the results of its annual end-of-summer survey of the snowline on key South Island glaciers, showing continued loss of glacier mass. More>>


Greenwash II: Government Baits Guardian Columnist

"When New Zealand's sink forests are harvested in the 2020s, as is likely, all that carbon will return to the atmosphere.

The government of New Zealand responded with some irritation to my column last week, which castigated a national strategy for meeting its Kyoto climate targets by allowing greenhouse gas emissions to rise by 22% from 1990 to 2007 ... " More>>


Images & Report: Medical Professionals Write Parliament An RX

Medical professionals representing the OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate and Health group delivered oversized prescription forms to Parliament today, urging lawmakers to reconsider the current changes proposed to the emissions trading scheme (ETS), changes they believe will harm the nation's health as well as the economy. More>>


Background Link: World On Course For Catastrophic 6° Rise

The world is now firmly on course for the worst-case scenario in terms of climate change, with average global temperatures rising by up to 6C by the end of the century, leading scientists said yesterday. More>>


Medical Advice: ETS Changes Will Cause Forehead-Slapping Epidemic

Senior doctors today said that the intended changes to New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) will not only threaten our future survival but will be an extravagant waste of public funds, describing the legislation process as a fiasco. More>>


Greens: Smith’s ETS Should Be Shot

Revelations that Climate Change Minister Nick Smith’s proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme are going to cost taxpayers an extra $105 billion is something really worth swearing about, Dr Russel Norman, Green Party Co-Leader said today. More>>


Scoop Editorial: Launching "Imagining 2020"

Therefore a group of New Zealand websites has decided to get together and encourage discussion of the positive side to climate change mitigation. Afterall - how many of us really believe that the way the world is currently run is optimal - both for our personal lives as well as for the environment. More>>

On The World Stage: Guardian's 'Greenwash' vs New Zealand
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. More>>


Scoop Satire: Submission On ETS Amendment Bill

The most notable change brought about by this bill would be giving polluters, to 2050, one hundred billion dollars... I am right behind that idea, but the proposed system for delivering the money is unnecessarily complicated. More>>


Earlier: Nat-Maori Deal On ETS


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