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The impacts of climate change on New Zealand – Bruce Anderson

Article first published in “Fightback”, March 2020 (by Bruce Anderson) Bruce Anderson is an ex-public servant who spent much of his working career at the Audit Office, but also had stints at KPMG, the Reserve Bank, State Services Commissions, and 6 years as CEO of the Leadership Development Centre.  Over the last decade he has …

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Decoding the Hype Behind the Natural Gas Industry’s Hydrogen Push

By Justin Mikulka • Thursday, January 14, 2021 – 06:12 This article was published by Desmog t seems like nearly every day another hopeful article touts the potential of using hydrogen as a fuel to tackle climate change. What’s known as “green hydrogen” — which relies on renewable power for production — is getting the …

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Why the Climate Change Commission’s targets are so weak

Why the Climate Change Commission’s targets are so weakRobert McLachlan, 05:00, Mar 13 2021, Published on Stuff Climate Change report: What’s the future of gas? The Climate Change Commission’s first report has been released, with a raft of targets proposed to cut emissions. OPINION: Of all the many things the Climate Change Commission has been …

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Ecological economics for humanity’s plague phase

The human enterprise is in potentially disastrous ‘overshoot’, exploiting the ecosphere beyond ecosystems’ re-generative capacity and filling natural waste sinks to overflowing. Economic behavior that was once ‘rational’ has become maladaptive. This situation is the inevitable outcome of humanity’s natural expansionist tendencies reinforced by ecologically vacuous growth-oriented ‘neoliberal’ economic theory. The world needs a more …

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Intergenerational Open Letter for Climate Action Now

To: The NZ Government Intergenerational Open Letter for Climate Action Now JS Campaign created by Jim Salinger Join these New Zealand’s Intergenerational Climate Ambassadors, aged from 13 to 88, to call on the Government for a climate reset now. We are all a group representing all generations including the Solid Generation (pre 1946), Baby Boomers, …

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Should I ditch my fossil-fueled car?

Should I ditch my fossil-fueled car? Yes. Reducing the number of cars in your household, or switching from petrol/diesel to electric, will dramatically reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. It’s one of the easiest and highest-impact climate steps you can take. New Zealand is being flooded with cars The New Zealand vehicle fleet is increasing rapidly. …

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A Mandate to move away from Economic Growth? – Dr Niki Harré

As demand for growth exceeds earth’s physical limits causing unprecedented risks, what knowledge and changes do we need to secure New Zealand’s future wellbeing? Niki Harré, Professor of Psychology, The University of Auckland In democratic societies like Aotearoa NZ, it is not possible to solve major social and environmental problems in a wholly top-down manner. …

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Inequality and the Climate Crisis – Dr Robert Howell

Inequality and the Climate Crisis  Dr Robert Howell Reflections on Gough’s Heat, Greed and Human Need November 2019   Stern dismissed any significant relationship between environmental and social policy, by saying that there is little point in equitable access to a train wreck.  Gough in his book, Heat, Greed and Human Need disagrees.  He states …

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