New Zealand

New Zealand Government failing the environment in TPP talks

The latest Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) leak proves the National Government is not committed to protecting our environment, the Green Party said today.

Secret details of the TPP have been leaked showing that New Zealand’s position is weak on environmental issues.

“There is a double standard with weak enforcement measures for breaching environmental rules, but strong enforcement measures in areas like mining and copyright,” said Green Party MP Gareth Hughes.

English

New Zealand Climate Action Embarrassing Compared to EU announcement

New Zealand’s continuing failure to do our share on climate change puts our clean green image at risk, the Green Party said today. The European Union (EU) today released a target for member states of a 40 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2030. In comparison, the most recent projections for New Zealand’s emissions over the same period are for a 50 percent increase.

English

NZ climate action embarrassing compared to EU announcement

Our economy depends on a stable climate; we can’t expect others to do all the work while we freeload.
English

Greens celebrate shark finning victory

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand today celebrated another victory as the Government acceded to the calls of over 45,000 Kiwis for a quick end to shark finning.

The National Plan of Action – Sharks has been released today, with a tightened timeframe for the implementation of shark protection measures including a ban on shark finning. The NPOA will ensure that a first tranche of species will be covered by the ban in October 2014, with a second tranche following in October 2015. Blue sharks will be covered in October 2016.

English

綠人慶祝捕鯊取鰭禁止的勝利

Undefined

A global climate policy – thoughts for Xmas

by Kennedy Graham

These past five weeks, I have visited Europe studying climate policy.  I attended the UN’s 19th climate conference, UNFCCC COP-19, in Warsaw.  After Poland, I visited Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom and European Union (Brussels).  And I retraced my UN steps to the Middle East (Jordan) and spoke with leaders there as well.

English

The EU’s climate policy – swimming against the tide

by Kennedy Graham

I have argued earlier that the EU is leading the world on climate record and policy.  It is.  The EU-27’s emissions dropped 16% from 5.6 Gt. in 1990 to 4.7 Gt. in 2010, where ours rose 22%.  Its targets are better than others, and its policies are serious and rational.

English

Regional/National climate policy – 4. European Union

by Kennedy Graham

They are not perfect but they lead the world in climate policy.

If humanity rescues itself from dangerous – or worse, catastrophic – climate change, it will not be because of the US, or the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China) or CANZ (Canada, Australia, NZ).  It will be because of the EU.

Before the defining 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Europeans were active.

-    It was Sweden that convened the first UN environment summit, back in ’72.

English

地區/國家氣候政策(四)─歐盟

Undefined

National climate policy – 4. United Kingdom

by Kennedy Graham

And what of the UK?

-    In 1990, Britain’s gross emissions were 773 Mt.  New Zealand’s were 60 Mt.

-    In 2011, Britain’s were 550 Mt., a drop of 29%.   New Zealand’s were 76 Mt., an increase of 27%.

-    For 2027, Britain’s are budgeted (in law) to be 390 Mt. on average, and probably less, a drop (from 1990) of 50%.  New Zealand’s are projected to be about 98 Mt. (allowing for some leeway on forestry), an increase of 63%.

English

Pages

Subscribe to New Zealand