Posts Tagged ‘Climate Change’

Groundswell NZ challenges climate change minister to tell the full story on farm emissions

Monday, June 20th, 2022

The Government is expecting the agriculture sector to subsidise the rest of the economy on climate change, so Groundswell NZ is asking for the evidence from James Shaw, says Steve Cranston, spokesman for Groundswell NZ. “Groundswell NZ has written to Climate Change Minister James Shaw to request any modelling or data he relies on, showing Read more

Vanuatu declares a climate emergency

Monday, May 30th, 2022

Vanuatu has become the first Pacific Small Island Developing State to declare it is facing a climate emergency. In a Twitter post, the leader of the opposition Ralph Regenvanu announced parliament passed a 17-point resolution declaring a climate emergency on Friday. Mr Regenvanu said under Point 1 of the resolution, “The Parliament declares that a Read more

Can I do my bit for the climate without committing to an EV?

Thursday, May 26th, 2022
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In the same week the Government unveiled its Emissions Reduction Plan, I faced a moral dilemma as I traded in my vehicle for a fresh set of wheels. Do I blithely bow to the climate zeitgeist and plump for a plug-in? Do I take a bet each way on a hybrid? Or do I go Read more

Climate change approach tips balance for New Zealand’s only smart city

Monday, March 21st, 2022

Whanganui District Council’s approach to climate change has helped the city win international recognition as a leading model for economic and social development – for the seventh time. Whanganui has again been named a Smart21 City by US-based think tank, the Intelligent Community Forum, and is the only New Zealand town or city to make Read more

Climate catastrophe: caught between hope and despair

Monday, December 6th, 2021
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As world leaders gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, I was depressed by the inability of nations to deal with the coming climate catastrophe. The fault is not entirely on the heads of world leaders. They are only responding to citizens who are more worried about today than tomorrow. People are not convinced of the need to Read more

New Zealand’s climate change regulation is messy and complex – here’s how to improve it

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
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Like other countries, New Zealand has both international and domestic targets to reduce emissions, but they run on different timelines and are based on different assumptions. This week, public submissions close on New Zealand’s first emissions reduction plan which proposes policies for staying within the emissions budget for 2022-25 and keeping on track for future Read more

Climate change risks devastating conflicts – even nuclear war!

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

As climate change rages along its disastrous path of increasing and more intense natural disasters – hurting the poor most of all – it now appears that a majority of people are finally beginning to admit climate change is for real – and that pollution from humans burning oil, gas and coal is the main Read more

More than 60 Catholic organizations sign Statement on COP26 Draft Agreement

Monday, November 15th, 2021

More than 60 Catholic organizations have signed the following Statement on COP26 Draft Agreement by Laudato Si’ Movement. As Catholics, united for our common home, we urgently ask leaders at the United Nations 26th Climate Change Conference to follow Pope Francis’ leadership in reaching a prophetic final agreement. The science is clear: an extractive, unsustainable Read more

Researchers show US Catholic bishops’ denialism on climate change

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

A university in the United States has, in an environmental research paper, shown how US Catholic bishops’ diocesan communications have “collectively snuffed out the spark of Laudato si’.” The research titled “US Catholic bishops’ silence and denialism on climate change” was authored by Sabrina Danielsen, Daniel R DiLeo and Emily E Burke from the Department Read more

Catholics urged to get involved in climate response

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Caritas says recent government announcements on climate response recognise the urgency of making deep far-reaching changes across all sectors of New Zealand society, and the need to provide climate finance for the poor; but do not go far enough in aiming to cut New Zealand’s emissions sooner. The New Zealand government recently put out a Read more