Opinion

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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Simplicity and Vanguard Investment Funds: Follow Up

Simplicity and Vanguard Investment Funds: Follow Up Dr Robert Howell Introduction This article reports on discussions with Sam Stubbs, CEO of Simplicity, about the article Simplicity Fund and Vanguard Ethically Conscious International Shares Index Fund – Are They Ethical? and reflects on the processes of engagement and reporting for all funds.  That article assessed the …

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Simplicity Fund and Vanguard Ethically Conscious International Shares Index Fund – Are They Ethical?

Dr Robert Howell Simplicity Fund and Vanguard Ethically Conscious International Shares Index Fund – Are They Ethical? Dr Robert Howell June 2021 1  Introduction Simplicity is a New Zealand non-profit fund manager owned by the Simplicity Charitable Trust.   Are the Simplicity Funds[1] ethical? Simplicity states that they invest with a conscience. They will not make …

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Pathfinder Ethical Funds: Are they Ethical? Lessons to be Learned by Dr Robert Howell

Dr Howell has reviewed the New Zealand funds manager Pathfinder. The full article is reproduced below and available as a PDF here. Pathfinder Ethical Funds: Are they Ethical? Lessons to be Learned Dr Robert Howell 1: Introduction Pathfinder is a fund manager based in New Zealand, promoting investment in high integrity, actively managed, carbon light …

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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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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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