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Local Government New Zealand has welcomed the release of the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group’s final report on how New Zealand can adapt to the impacts of climate change The Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group’s (CCATWG) report recommends that New Zealand needs a national adaptation action plan, a regularly updated national climate change risk assessment, a review of existing legislation and policy to integrate and align climate change adaptation considerations and an investigation into who should bear the costs of climate change adaptation and how it can be funded. Continue →
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New research from MIT could see public street lights replaced with luminescent plants   Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been experimenting with the idea that making plants and trees glow brightly would drastically reduce the need for electricity MIT hopes that their glowing flora could be used to provide low-intensity indoor lighting, or to transform trees into self-powered streetlights. Continue →
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A draft report from the Productivity Commission has made a series of recommendations for how New Zealand can transition to a low-emissions economy Its recommendations include emissions pricing that includes agriculture, greater forestation, more resources for low-emissions research and development, especially for agriculture, and consideration of a ‘feebate’ scheme for imported vehicles to reward energy-efficiency. Continue →
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One of the world’s leading clean technology experts will speak at a major energy management conference next month Jason Anderson, President and CEO of Cleantech San Diego President and CEO Jason Anderson will be the second keynote speaker at the EMANZ Energising a Low Emissions Economy conference in May. Continue →
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More and better data is needed to assess man’s impact on New Zealand, one of the authors of an influential environmental report insists   “The Our Land 2018 report just released by MfE and StatsNZ is a key document that will enable us to better understand where New Zealand stands in terms of challenges and pressures that our environment is facing,” says Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Fellow, David Fleming. Continue →
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The latest inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that there has been a 20% increase in emissions from 1990 to 2016 Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced the result of the inventory a few hours after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that the government would not hand out any new offshore oil and gas exploration permits through the Block Offer programme. Continue →
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The New Zealand dollar-denominated bonds would be used to invest in environmental assets and projects Auckland Council intends to be the first council in New Zealand to establish a Green Bond framework and to consider the issue of NZD Green Bonds later in 2018 as it looks to significantly invest in infrastructure to lower emissions and adapt to climate change. Continue →
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New Zealand’s economy grew faster than the country’s greenhouse gases over the past 25 years, according to a new report Statistics New Zealand has released the first System of Environmental-Economic Accounts, which is intended to be an annual report that feeds into Treasury’s investment statements. Continue →
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New Zealand could build a renewable low-carbon transport fuels industry – but only if the nation decides to act, according to a new report from Scion Nearly a quarter of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions were from combustible fuels in 2015, so the report suggests biofuels could have a major impact on overall reduction of New Zealand’s carbon emissions. Continue →
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Water quality and availability, rapid urbanisation, and the impact of natural hazards and climate change are the top three planning issues affecting New Zealand in 2018 and beyond, according to the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) These challenges will be among those addressed at NZPI’s annual conference Breaking New Ground held in Tauranga from 21 to 23 March 2018. Continue →
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Christchurch has a golden opportunity to become New Zealand’s number one city of choice as the rebuild takes effect, outgoing Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Peter Townsend claims. Continue →
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