climate change Archive

  • Gareth Hughes

    Can fracking save the climate? - by Gareth Hughes



    Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining my political vision in the lead up to Septembers Election. My latest Daily Blog looks at comments around fracking and climate change: read more
    April 17, 2014 1:16 pm - 29 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    “Stick to your knitting”…Gratuitous insult from Minister Groser to NZ scientists - by Kennedy Graham



    Climate Minister Groser continues to insult the New Zealand people – this time through our leading scientists. On Monday the IPCC released Working Group III’s section of its 5th Assessment Report.  Building on Group I (science) and II (impact), this one addresses strategy (see my blog-post of 15 April). In a possibly unprecedented action, leading […] read more
    April 16, 2014 2:25 pm - 8 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    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 […] read more
    April 15, 2014 8:15 am - 18 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Devaluing Science - by David Clendon



    A recent article by Jacqueline Rowarth, Professor of Agribusiness at Waikato University, gives a very good summary of this government’s muddled thinking (my words, not hers!) about the value of  science and scientists. On one hand we have  Minister Joyce trumpeting the importance of science, and attempting to wield some very blunt instruments to ‘encourage’ […] read more
    April 14, 2014 10:41 am - 5 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Solomon Islands flash floods - by Jan Logie



    The latest reports after the flash floods in the Solomon Islands are that 21 people have died and an estimated 12,000 people are in an evacuation centre and another 40,000 homeless on top of this. We know the Pacific region is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters with its mix of low lying atolls, and mountainous […] read more
    April 7, 2014 4:13 pm - No Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Permitted musings on climate change - by Kennedy Graham



    My blog-post of yesterday on the spiritual-philosophical dimension of climate change evoked a particular response, pretty much uniformly positive.  Today I allow myself even freer reign.  Next week I shall revert to the normal practicalities of daily politics. In yesterday’s comment I recalled the yearning of some official delegations in the IPCC process to evoke […] read more
    April 4, 2014 10:54 am - 33 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Democracy at the Global level? An idea whose time is (almost) come - by Kennedy Graham



    Last week I attended (with one National and one Labour colleague) the 130th meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.  The IPU is the world gathering of MPs from 163 parliaments.  It is a big affair.  The peoples’ representatives talk to one another.  They embrace, fall out, pass resolutions, and return to base.  It is something worth […] read more
    March 25, 2014 11:33 am - 4 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Immigration, climate change and the Pacific - by Jan Logie



    Immigration New Zealand is planning to deport a Tongan woman with a heart condition back to Tonga. She is from the island of Ha’apai, recently devastated by a cyclone and yet to recover. Her husband has already been deported and is subsisting on the ravaged island. Labour’s Su’a William Sio has picked up the Tongan […] read more
    February 26, 2014 3:33 pm - 14 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    “People … may have been caught out…I just hope he gets his projections right in the future…” – The Groserian theory of emissions reductions - by Kennedy Graham



    Every now and then, things emerge in the give-and-take of daily life that illuminate insights with a deeper, underlying significance.   Such was the case yesterday. Some of us around the planet harbour a passing concern that dangerous, and perhaps catastrophic, climate change is likely if global greenhouse gas emissions do not begin to reduce very […] read more
    February 12, 2014 9:13 am - 26 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Climate policy vs. Princess and the Pea – better to stick with the story-books - by Kennedy Graham



    As we all now know, we are running out of time to prevent dangerous climate change.  Twenty-one years after Earth Summit and the UN Framework Convention, we are still to strike a global agreement that will bind all countries to curb and then reduce emissions to stay under the 2°C threshold. In fact, we are […] read more
    January 31, 2014 10:46 am - 21 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    A global climate policy – thoughts for Xmas - by Kennedy Graham



    These past five weeks, I have visited Europe studying climate policy.  I attended the UN’s 19th climate conference, UNFCCC COP-19, in Warsaw.  After Poland, I visited Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom and European Union (Brussels).  And I retraced my UN steps to the Middle East (Jordan) and spoke with leaders there as well. Humanity, […] read more
    December 20, 2013 12:16 pm - 36 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    National climate policy – 4. United Kingdom - by Kennedy Graham



    And what of the UK? -    In 1990, Britain’s gross emissions were 773 Mt.  New Zealand’s were 60 Mt. -    In 2011, Britain’s were 550 Mt., a drop of 29%.   New Zealand’s were 76 Mt., an increase of 27%. -    For 2027, Britain’s are budgeted (in law) to be 390 Mt. on average, and probably […] read more
    December 13, 2013 11:09 am - 110 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Finding a Safe Operating Space for Humanity – The Planetary Boundaries - by Kennedy Graham



    The problem is, our global technology has leapt ahead of our global governance. The concept of world federalism gripped the popular psyche, and the feigned imagination of some Western leaders, between the inter-state world wars of the 20th century. It gave way, at the critical moment, to international cooperation amongst sovereign states, acting in the […] read more
    December 2, 2013 10:42 am - 5 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Contemplating the Global Carbon Budget – nervously - by Kennedy Graham



    We’d all like to avoid dangerous climate change, especially those under 20.  If you are a bright year-8 school student, you will be at your professional peak in 2050, and a proud, if apprehensive, centurion in 2100.   I shall be dead, but I am equally determined to avoid dangerous climate change. The quaint thing about […] read more
    November 26, 2013 12:41 pm - 10 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Climate crisis ’13 – what are we doing wrong; what can we do right? - by Kennedy Graham



    In my previous post I reviewed the broad outline of the COP 19 at Warsaw, which concluded on Saturday. In short, we avoided short-term failure, Copenhagen-style, but did not achieve enough for long-term success. Long-term success is what is required. So what are we doing wrong, and what can we do right, in the future? […] read more
    November 25, 2013 4:37 pm - 11 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    UN climate conference – New Zealand rates a mention - by Kennedy Graham



    On the final day of the UN climate conference in Warsaw, New Zealand has rated a mention. The daily broadsheet ECO, produced  by Climate Action Network, has published two editorial letters on Friday. One was to Japan, the other to New Zealand.  Here is ours. “Dear New Zealand, We are hearing that the climate change […] read more
    November 23, 2013 11:46 am - 5 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Fonterra – join the dots to combat climate change - by Catherine Delahunty



    On Labour Day the holiday traffic on State Highway 2 got a free education from our roadside rally against the Fonterra coal mine at Mangatawhiri. This event was organised by “Auckland Coal Action” so I drove over from Thames with Jeanette Fitzsimons and other locals to support the effort. There were some fantastic banners visible […] read more
    October 29, 2013 3:34 pm - 6 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Climate failures Part II – Eliding towards policy incoherence - by Kennedy Graham



    I have not been so angry in my five years in Parliament. Yesterday I wrote about the obscene policy failure of this Government in forecasting an increase in net emissions of greenhouse gases from 56 million tonnes in 2011 to around 98 m.t. in 2028.  It was, I suggested, perhaps the biggest policy failure in […] read more
    October 24, 2013 10:59 am - 144 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Atlas shrugs off climate change – a New Zealand policy failure of monumental proportions - by Kennedy Graham



    Our record on climate change has come to rank as perhaps the greatest policy failure in New Zealand history. The latest figures for this country’s greenhouse gas emissions were released on Monday.  They project an extraordinary blowout in our emissions over the next quarter-century – the critical period of global and national emissions that will […] read more
    October 23, 2013 9:23 am - 11 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Targeting the next generation: National’s version of a brighter future - by Kennedy Graham



    Back in 2011, John Key’s Government headed into the election campaign with National’s plan to build a stronger economy and a brighter future for Kiwi families. The Plan included protecting communities, supporting the primary sector, creating jobs, and protecting the environment. Last Friday, the Government announced its latest version of a brighter future for Kiwi […] read more
    August 21, 2013 11:30 am - 52 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Seeking magical powers – and invitations to the big boys’ club: the Climate Minister rides to our rescue… - by Kennedy Graham



    So we returned to the House on Thursday to extend another opportunity for the Minister to explain to the nation his thinking on climate policy. We were still wrestling to reconcile the scientific observation in the Gluckman report that ‘climate change is now’ with the Finance Minister’s comment that climate change ‘may well be real’.  […] read more
    August 10, 2013 1:00 pm - 7 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    No time for climate change – we’ve got more important matters down here… - by Kennedy Graham



    It may beggar belief, but perhaps it was inevitable. The NZ Government does not have the time to tackle climate change.  It’s focused on milk damage-control.  And it can only do one thing at a time. Last week, the PM’s chief scientific adviser released a report on climate change – its impact on human activity […] read more
    August 8, 2013 9:48 am - 17 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Key’s international media FAIL - by Gareth Hughes



    Not every bit of international media our Tourism Minister gets is good news for New Zealand as illustrated on a British website this week. New Zealand featured prominently on the Guardian website this week under the headline “New Zealand pushing plans to drill Middle-earth as Hobbit filming ends” read more
    July 30, 2013 9:47 pm - 13 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Going geothermal - by Catherine Delahunty



    Yesterday Gareth Hughes and I visited the Contact Energy geothermal power complex at Wairakei. It was a chance to see how the power stations work including how the energy is managed and how water and waste is treated It was a fascinating opportunity to go inside the older facility at Wairakei built in the 1950’s […] read more
    June 20, 2013 1:03 pm - 108 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Searching for a consensus on climate change – seeking a genuine dialogue with National – Part II - by Kennedy Graham



    Picking up from Part I of this blog post, I had occasion to question Minister Tim Groser yesterday about climate change and his Government’s policy.  This followed from Russel Norman questioning him 30 minutes earlier. Given that he has declined to come to my conference in Parliament today for a cross-party dialogue on climate change, […] read more
    June 7, 2013 1:59 pm - 14 Comments
  • frog

    Watch streaming video of today’s climate change conference here - by frog



    From roughly 9 AM onwards, you can watch a live video feed of the conference. The feed might not run during the breaks, to save camera battery. Check the programme to see which parts you want to tune in to. read more
    June 7, 2013 8:56 am - No Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Searching for a consensus on climate change: seeking a genuine dialogue with National, Part I - by Kennedy Graham



    Friday, 7 June, is the day I am convening the Conference on Climate Change in the NZ Parliament.  It is being held in the Legislative Council Chamber – the elegant upper chamber that has been mostly empty since the Upper House was abolished in 1951.  It is the second conference of the kind – the […] read more
    June 6, 2013 7:52 pm - 7 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Black milestone in climate change reached - by Kennedy Graham



    A black milestone in climate change history was reached over the weekend. Concentrations of carbon dioxide, the key ingredient in global warming, hit 400 parts per million of the air in our atmosphere, up from 280 ppm in the mid-18th century when the Industrial Revolution kicked in.  Internationally, we are rushing headlong towards disaster – […] read more
    May 13, 2013 2:25 pm - 141 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Farrar wrong on renewables - by Gareth Hughes



    As you might have caught we have (alongside Labour) announced a plan to cut excessive profits from the Electricity Sector and return the money to households. David Farrar over on Kiwiblog yesterday posted about the total cost of Electricity Production claiming that renewable options – which we prefer are more expensive than coal and gas. […] read more
    April 18, 2013 4:35 pm - 154 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Closing the gap: Australia vs. NZ on climate change - by Kennedy Graham



    The Australian Climate Commission have released a report ‘The Critical Decade: Extreme Weather’. Throughout the authors are unequivocal and forthright about the reality of the effects of climate change on Australia. Australia is already experiencing, and is going to experience, extreme weather events more often – because of human-induced (‘anthropogenic’) climate change. There is no […] read more
    April 4, 2013 1:22 pm - 57 Comments
  • Steffan Browning

    Government must lead on climate - by Steffan Browning



    I have just had an opinion piece printed in Farmers Weekly. Here is what I wrote: As the list of regions being declared drought areas grows it’s distressing to see land and animals suffering from the lack of water. This summer’s drought has cost the country $1 billion and counting and might even take us […] read more
    April 2, 2013 8:57 am - 113 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Denniston too precious to mine - by Catherine Delahunty



    I am concerned that the interim decision of the Environment Court does not rule out the mining of the Denniston Plateau. The interim decision of the Environment Court acknowledges that the Denniston Plateau has high biodiversity values which would be impacted by mining and that the situation is too close to call. However the decision […] read more
    March 28, 2013 2:53 pm - 9 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    IMF calls for fossil fuel subsidy reform - by Gareth Hughes



    The IMF have come out strongly against fossil fuel subsidies, saying that they are threatening both the environment and the stability of the global economy. The IMF has calculated around $1.9 trillion worldwide, or 8 percent of Government revenue is spent on energy subsidies the vast majority of these contributing to climate change. read more
    March 28, 2013 2:31 pm - 94 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Japan and Gas Hydrates-Fire in Ice - by Gareth Hughes



    In news out this week, it’s clear the new frontline of climate change is deep at the bottom of the ocean. read more
    March 14, 2013 4:45 pm - 76 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Is Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill English a climate change denier? - by Russel Norman



    Is the Deputy Prime Minister of our country a climate change denier? It may well be the case. During question time in Parliament yesterday I wanted to get into the lack of focus and inaction from this Government on climate change which is starkly highlighted by the suffering our drought-stricken farmers are going through. I […] read more
    March 14, 2013 12:30 pm - 142 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Lignite coal to stay in the hole - by Gareth Hughes



    I am celebrating today after the news that Solid Energy will be dropping its Lignite project in Southland. This is a win for the climate and our environment and for Southland. read more
    February 22, 2013 3:50 pm - 20 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    New South Wales Government acts on oil and gas concerns - by Gareth Hughes



    The New South Wales government has announced a ban on all coal seam gas development within two kilometres of residential areas and industry clusters, such as horse breeders and wine producers, across the state. What can we learn from it in New Zealand? read more
    February 20, 2013 1:23 pm - 45 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Tell Southland District Council to keep the coal in the hole - by Gareth Hughes



    Southland District Council is calling for submissions on its proposed District Plan. This is your chance to tell the Southland District Council that you want a sustainable and prosperous future for Southland, and call on it to make new mining and drilling for lignite coal and coal seam gas a prohibited activity. read more
    February 19, 2013 8:55 pm - No Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Solid Energy’s future is in clean energy - by Gareth Hughes



    There hasn’t been a great deal of good news lately for Solid Energy. What does the future hold? read more
    February 7, 2013 12:25 pm - 163 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    The Parliamentary week that was, 11 December, for Pacific communities - by Jan Logie



    Parliament has been very busy trying to pass quite a few pieces of relatively uncontentious legislation over the last couple of weeks. Select committees have also been very busy. Wednesday 12th December was the last day that the House sat for the year, which means the various parties made their adjournment speeches. Greens Co-leader Metiria […] read more
    December 17, 2012 4:33 pm - No Comments