During the 364 days it took for the Ministry for the Environment to get permission to publish new guidelines on rising seas, lobby groups for coastal residents’ succeeded in removing an explicit 1.9m test for large new housing developments. Meanwhile councils were pleading for access to the final guidance, as Eloise Gibson reports.
The new Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, will release long-delayed new guidance to councils on planning for new coastal developments and sea level rise on Friday, Eloise Gibson reports.
Sharper incentives to be frugal with water drawn from New Zealand’s lakes and rivers will help clean up our waterways, faster, according to a briefing to the incoming Minister for the Environment, Eloise Gibson reports.
Officials have warned the Government that meeting its greenhouse gas commitments under the Paris Agreement could cost up to $36 billion by 2030 and it should do as much to adapt to climate change as it does on preventing it, Eloise Gibson reports from the Briefing for the Incoming Minister for Climate Change.
The first detailed report on New Zealand’s fresh water is out from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics NZ. It’s the second big report to be issued under the Environmental Reporting Act 2015, which requires the ministries to report on the state of, and pressures on, our environment (the first was on the marine environment). The full series will be bundled together for a combined environmental assessment in 2019. Eloise Gibson picks the top five takeaways from today's water assessment.
The Government says nobody owns the water, but that hasn’t stopped people making hundreds of thousands of dollars selling it, reports Eloise Gibson
While the OECD urges New Zealand to rely less on international carbon credits, a leading carbon markets lawyer says the nation’s businesses should be pushing in the opposite direction.
Two environmental reports have landed in one day, both highlighting the impact of cows, but Prime Minister Bill English says we won't be shrinking milking herds in a hurry, reports Eloise Gibson.
Eloise Gibson digs into the OECD's first review of New Zealand's environmental performance in a decade and finds it calls for action on cows’ greenhouse gases and water pollution, better public transport and warmer housing, including cosier new-builds. And it draws attention to New Zealand’s complex resource management framework, including differences in councils’ abilities to implement new water standards. The OECD also challenges the Government's plan to ramp up agricultural exports.
London-based climate and economic consultants Vivid Economics have laid out some options for New Zealand to reach carbon neutrality in the second half of the century, all of them requiring shifts away from farming cows.