As the Greens get ready for their annual conference, its MPs may be preparing for tough questions from supporters after taking some lumps in recent months. The party may need to fight its corner more often if it is to survive and thrive in government, Sam Sachdeva writes.
Newsroom columnist Rod Oram is hopeful we can solve our paradox of being rich in natural capital, but being a poor performer economically and environmentally. He proposes a way forward.
A looming shortage for domestic users of natural gas, and a defence of the dairy industry's efforts to mitigate emissions featured in the National Party's annual conference presentation on the environment and energy.
One of the biggest contemporary fault lines in New Zealand politics runs right through the current coalition Government: what to do about the dying economic models that our regions are based on? Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University suggests that ultimately the coalition Government, and future ones, are going to have to position themselves on the “future side” of the regional economy fault line, and that means a great leap forward into new technologies like renewable energy and plant-based alternatives to both meat and milk.
James Shaw is on a national tour to consult on the Zero Carbon Bill. Thomas Coughlan reports on the long game Shaw is playing, including his appeals to National's Simon Bridges.
With Donald Trump indicating the US will not play a part in the fight against global warming, James Shaw is heading to the country he now expects to take up the leadership role. Shane Cowlishaw talks to the Climate Change Minister about how the role China may play
Former MP and minister Peter Dunne looks underneath Simon Bridges' apparent change of tack on climate change and National's history of embracing change after the fact.
Donald Trump launched US$50 billion of new tariffs against technology imports from China. Beijing retaliated immediately with tariffs on US$50 billion worth of US beef and poultry imports. Simon Bridges announced he wanted a bi-partisan approach on climate change, but did not commit to a carbon neutral target and said he would not accept "extreme" policies that increased household costs unnecessarily or damaged the economy.
The Government is considering setting softer targets for the methane burped by New Zealand’s cows, while reducing carbon dioxide from transport and other sectors to zero.
The government is considering how to fund New Zealand's adaptation to climate change, following a working group's report which recommends 21 key actions across central and local government and the private sector.