Climate change

Cyclone Pam is a call for action on dangerous climate change

If we truly want to see the people of Vanuatu, the Philippines, and the rest of the Pacific live their lives without the constant fear and threat of climate change-related disasters, then we need to act.
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Aid for Vanuatu welcome and essential but not enough

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has welcomed Australia's commitment of $5 million in aid and medical personnel for the island nation of Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Pam, but says regional disasters will get worse if more is not done to reduce the pollution that is causing global warming.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Vanuatu and all those impacted by the ferocity of Cyclone Pam. I know that all Australians' hearts go out to all the victims, their families and those who have lost their homes and livelihoods," Senator Milne said.

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Taking the power back on climate change in Australia

The Australian Greens have employed innovative strategies to deliver concrete outcomes on climate change. The new challenge posed by Tony Abbott's ultra-conservative Liberal Party government is the latest opportunity to affirm the power of data-driven grassroots campaigning and smart negotiation in parliament.
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Extreme weather “picture of the future”

The Green Party is accusing the Government of systematic inaction over climate change, as New Zealand scientists warn the extreme weather battering the country is a “picture of the future”.

“The extremes of weather we’re seeing fit with predictions. Climate change is not some distant threat. It is happening now in the form of extreme
weather and it is costing communities,” said Green Party climate change spokesperson Dr Kennedy Graham.

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New Zealand Greens' Climate Protection Plan

The Green Party has a win-win plan to protect our climate, achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and leave Kiwi families better off.  

Under our Climate Protection Plan, the Green Party will:  

  • Establish an independent Climate Commission to provide expert and independent advice to the government on carbon prices, carbon budgets, and complementary measures to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

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New Zealand PM John Key’s head in the Pacific sand over climate

John Key needs to front up to Pacific leaders and communities and explain why his Government is not taking climate change seriously, the Green Party said
today.

“Climate change is the biggest risk facing the Pacific. The region is already being disproportionately affected, yet John Key’s head remains stuck in the sand,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Tūrei from Samoa, where the Prime Minister is today visiting sites impacted by a cyclone and tsunami.

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Russel Norman at the 2014 NZ Greens AGM - the climate protection plan

Tēnā koutou Tēnā koutou Tēnā koutou katoa.

Thank you very much Jeanette for that introduction and thank you, all of you, for the very warm welcome.

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NZ MP Kennedy Graham questions the Minister for climate change issues about the latest US climate assessment report

Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree that climate change is a clear and present danger, as highlighted by the landmark US Climate Assessment Report released overnight?

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IPCC 5th Assessment Report – exposing NZ on climate policy

by Kennedy Graham

The IPCC’s 3rd Working Group has just released the final section of its 5th Assessment Report.  Following WGI report on the science and WGII on impact, this one focuses on a response strategy.

The Report recalls that annual global emissions were 38 Gt. (billion tonnes) in 1990 and 49 Gt. in 2010.  Some 40% of emissions since the ‘pre-industrial era’ (1750) have been emitted in the past 40 years.  In short, things are extremely grim.

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