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.
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.
Rod Oram reports in his column this week on a growing mood at the top levels of New Zealand's business community for any new Government to create a climate commission and take sustainability seriously. Those calling for change include Air New Zealand's Christopher Luxon and Sir Rob Fenwick.
Rod Oram looks into the controversy around the Environmental Protection Agency’s ruling that the ingredient used in Roundup was unlikely to be carcinogenic. He finds the government's Chief Scientist and the Ministry for the Environment have concerns about the EPA's performance.
DairyNZ, supported by Fonterra and the Government, has formulated a "Dairy Action for Climate Change" plan, but it is unlikely to slow down the calls from environmental groups for a cut in cow numbers, reports Lynn Grieveson.
Prime Minister John Key signed fresh confidence and supply agreements with United Future and ACT on Monday, sticking to his pledge to include the minor parties in his legislative plans even though they won't strictly be needed.
For the convenience of email subscribers, here's my weekend column pointing to a shift in thinking by big global business and investors from 'Greed is good' to 'Green is good'