Posts tagged "climate change"

Should NZ embrace gene editing?

(17 July/Rural news) Former NZ High Commissioner and Speaker of Parliament Sir Lockwood Smith, recently spoke at the Federated Farmers of how New Zealand is missing out on an opportunity to deal with climate change and emissions by holding out on gene editing. Smith reported that gene editing is a safe process that alters the...

Climate change’s ‘thermal squeeze’ – predators and climate change – hurting our birds

(16 July/The Country) A recently published study has indicated that New Zealand needs to increase its efforts on trapping pests as some of our threatened native birds experience a ‘thermal squeeze’ due to increased pest numbers and climate change. Researchers had suspected that climate change would have been allowing predator numbers to flourish, increasing the...

Farm credits on table

[21 June/Farmers Weekly] The Government is considering letting farmers use riparian planting and shelter belts to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock and horticulture sector representatives have been lobbying the Government to broaden the definition, saying New Zealand needs every available tool to meet the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050 and that criteria...

PM concedes agri sector uncertainty

[18 June/Rural News] Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern acknowledges uncertainty about climate change is making life difficult for farmers. Prime Minister Ardern told agribusiness leaders at National Fieldays last week that the message is coming through to her. “I absolutely hear that, how difficult uncertainty is for the industry,” she told about 200 people at the...

Mental health, employment and environment among farmers’ top concerns

[13 June/Stuff NZ] Improving mental health was one topic surveyed at this year’s Fieldays, with climate change, the environment and employment among the top concerns. Farmers surveyed shared their top concerns, and stated that there needs to be not only recognition of the seriousness of mental health in rural communities, but also more support, with...

Grants for green work

[17 June/Farmers Weekly] The Ministry for Primary Industries is calling for applications to the 2019-20 funding round for the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Research Programme. The programme helps the agriculture and forestry sectors with research regarding the challenges arising from climate change. Each year’s funding prioritises one or more research theme topics. For...

Focusing climate change targets on farming ‘isn’t really justified’

[05 June/The Country] Setting stringent climate change targets without understanding their cost or feasibility risks is placing an unfair burden on some sectors, according to Climate Change Professor David Frame. Professor Frame states that moving the country to a net-zero carbon economy will have benefits but also real costs so it is important these are...

Help for farmers to go greener

[31 May/Farmers Weekly] Meeting the challenges of climate change and cleaning up the environment are the focus primary sector funding in this year’s Budget. The $229 million Sustainable Land Use Package is designed to protect and restore at-risk waterways and wetlands and support farmers to use their land more sustainably. The announcement includes few specifics...

Nats stunned by methane target

[21 May/Rural News] National’s Climate Change Spokesman Todd Muller reports that the proposed target for methane reduction puts the New Zealand agricultural sector at real risk. Mr Muller believes the targeted reductions are widely overdone and is not based on credible advice. He also reported methane reductions of this volume without the necessary on-farm innovations...

‘Tell us how,’ farmers say

[10 May/Farmers Weekly] Farmers are confused by the Government’s approach to gas emissions, and want to know how they can achieve them without going broke. To blame an arable or any farming system for global warming is defying all science and biology, Mid Canterbury Cropping and Livestock Farmer Ian Mackenzie reports. Mr Mackenzie states that...

Hollywood heavyweight calls for more plants, less meat and dairy

[10 May/Stuff NZ] James Cameron, Oscar-winning Movie Director believes that shifting to plant-based protein and milk will help New Zealand’s transition into a low-emission economy. James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron live on a 5000-hectare farm in south Wairarapa and grow organic fruit, nuts and vegetables. The Camerons told the summit the dairy...

Report into Southland climate change predicts more extreme weather, warmer temperatures and higher river levels

[02 May/Stuff NZ] Southland’s weather is going to get hotter, wetter and more extreme as climate change effects the region. The predicted changes could eventually change the way the country farms in the province and what is produced, and councils will have to plan for increased weather extremes. The Southland Climate Change Impact Assessment was...

Major new study reveals attitude to climate change in rural sector

[09 April/NewsHub] A survey conducted by Nielson research and commission by the Ministry for Primary Industries has shown farmers are more focused on sustainability and the impacts of climate change more than ever. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor stated the result was heartening, especially when considering some of the specific actions farmers reported putting into place....

Daunting report puts trees first

[5 September/Farmers Weekly] A new report from the Productivity Commission detailed a landscape full of challenges for the primary sector as New Zealand aimed to create a zero carbon economy. Agriculture was at the hard end of the policy shifts. It called for major land use change to increase forestry and horticulture. Reduced livestock numbers...

Land use concerns farmers

[5 September/Otago Daily Times] Foresters and farmers were wary of a report from the Productivity Commission on New Zealand meeting its climate change target. In particular, they are uncertain on the achievability of the annual forest planting rate of 100,000 hectares. Federated Farmers were concerned about the amount of land required for planting while the...

Tremendous opportunity for New Zealand farmers to be world leaders

[10 May/NZ Farmer] New Zealand farmers could become global leaders in low emissions agriculture if a solution is found to reduce biological emissions. Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, said countries were looking to New Zealand for leadership in this space. He thought it was an incredible opportunity if we could be the country to work...

Federated Farmers back Fonterra

[16 November/New Zealand Herald] Federated Farmers are supporting Fonterra’s push to achieve zero carbon dioxide emissions both in New Zealand and globally. Federated Farmers Climate Change Spokesperson Andrew Hoggard said that the issue of reducing emissions was not limited to NZ and that he would like to see the government match the additional resources Fonterra...

Some benefits from climate change

[2 November/New Zealand Herald] Climate change is likely to benefit Southland farmers in several ways. AgResearch’s Dr Tony van der Weerden is involved with research looking at the impacts of climate change on agriculture. He predicted that over the next 80 – 100 years southland temperatures would increase by about 3 degrees improving farming conditions....

Stormwater systems vulnerable to effects of climate change

[27 October/New Zealand Herald] A report commissioned by the NIWA-led Deep South National Science Challenge has said New Zealand’s storm-water and wastewater systems are not prepared for climate change. It referred to the flooding incident at Edgecumbe last April, where raw sewage was left floating through the streets as an example of the challenges. Six...

Climate change action a winner in coalition deal

[24 October/New Zealand Herald] A deal just signed between Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First confirm climate change policy will play a role in our government moving forward. The parties have agreed to introduce a new Zero Carbon Act and launch a new independent Climate Commission. There remained a question mark over whether agriculture...

UK climate change masterplan – the grownups have finally won; Government’s clean growth strategy unequivocally states that tackling climate change and a prosperous economy go hand in hand

[12 October/ The Guardian] The UK Government has released a new clean, green, growth strategy, making a statement that undertaking climate change and a successful economy are the same thing. The ambitious proposals lack concrete suggestions; however, there are groups such as the government’s official advisers and the Committee on Climate Change to hold ministers...

Council challenged on carbon incentive support

[5 October/ Farmers Weekly] The Waikato Regional Council has told the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the opportunities and challenges for New Zealand transitioning to a lower net emissions economy, that farmers should be paid subsidies to ease them into the Emissions Trade Scheme. The inquiry aimed to assess future moves and consequences for NZ in...

Agriculture’s methane figures solid, scientists say

[4 October/ New Zealand Herald] International researchers published in ‘Carbon Balance and Management’ has estimated that global livestock methane emissions for 2011 were 11 percent higher than guidelines provided by the UN’s 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This included an 8.4 percent increase in methane from digestion in dairy cows and other cattle, and...

Paris UN climate conference 2015: Countries strike grand bargain to tackle climate change

[13 December/ Stuff: World] Around 200 countries have struck a grand bargain to tackle climate change, during the recent Paris UN climate conference. The agreement, which will come into effect in 2020, will require all 200 countries to tackle climate change. The deal aims to restrict global warming to a maximum of two degrees above...