Posts tagged "climate change"

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...