The government is hinting it will lift the $25 a tonne upper limit on the price of a New Zealand Unit of carbon dioxide in the Emissions Trading Scheme, in an announcement following hard on a doubling of funding for government tree-planting. Pattrick Smellie reports.
Rod Oram looks this week at Fonterra's apparently ground-shifting announcement about reducing its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. He writes Fonterra's caveats mean the plan is not as impressive as it looks.
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.
Prime Minister Bill English has tried to kick an increasingly heated public debate about bottled water exports into touch until after the election by referring the issue to a technical advisory group at the Ministry for the Environment.