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Last call for climate action commission

Dr Jan Wright’s last report is also her least likely to ruffle feathers. Until now, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s refreshingly evidence-based reports have probably unsettled more Green Party supporters than the balance of voters. While Dr...

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Brainstorming breakfast on global climate action movement

Counting its Values Party roots, after 42 years it has only a few thousand members. If the Green Party’s membership, and its 10.7% electoral support, were an indication of how seriously New Zealanders view anthropogenic global warming, there would be little prospect...

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Breakfast brainstorming on the next bit

What John Clarke said of the neoliberal de-democratisation of Aotearoa, in the New Zealand Listener, could equally be said of fossil-fuel use: Complaining about what’s wrong but not taking action, has the same effect as not noticing what’s wrong. Clearly Mr Clarke,...

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Can’t afford to solve one problem at a time

When the Alpine Fault goes, it will probably take Wellington with it. Wellington, now Aotearoa’s second largest city, is staring down the barrel of the Alpine Fault, which is primed and due to jump eight metres horizontally and four vertically. In both 1220 and 1450,...

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Survival in the hands of generation 10‍ ‍001

Sustainability could be the death of us. Bursting beyond the seven billion milestone, and with two billion poor and one billion poor and hungry, the global population is projected to swell to between 10 and 16 billion by the end of the century. In 2011, human activity...

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Global warming mobilisation and 21st century Liberty ships

As a metaphor, the RMS‍ ‍Titanic eclipses the First World War. In turn, World War One eclipses the 1918 Pandemic, which claimed possibly six times as many lives than ‘the war to end war’. The classic Titanic message is that the world’s largest ship, hyped as...

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100% pure space mission

Fan-Death Nuclear Power Fan Death Nuclear power Fan death Soon, it will be four years shy of half a century. In November 1965, the United States president’s science advisory committee warned: Carbon dioxide is being added to the earth’s atmosphere by the burning of...

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Planet is doomed but save the sea and sky

The phrase ‘save the planet’ grates for good reason. Nothing that humankind can currently throw at it, greenhouse gases included, can affect the existence of planet Earth. Even if every nuclear weapon were detonated simultaneously for good measure, the planet would...

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Long past time for precautionary principle

Dr James Hansen’s lecture is slated to start at 6.30‍ ‍pm. Or, if Thursday’s event’s Facebook page is to be believed, 6‍ ‍pm. In 1988 when Dr Hansen warned congress that anthropogenic greenhouse gases were going to seriously raise average global temperatures, the...

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Think local act global

Every catchment issue is set to become more acute. Despite the best intentions of the Mahurangi Action Plan, stormier weather will wash ever more soil into the harbour, and higher tides will more vigorously churn and muddy its soft shoreline. Thanks, in the words of...

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Political courage not political suicide

It was widely hyped as last chance for planet Earth. Then universally condemned as an abject failure. But the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen a year ago was neither of those things. And what it did produce, thanks to Barrack Obama, was the...

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Yes we can ministerial

The green stars of the show are set to be the Arabs and the Koreans. South Korea is spending a greater percentage of its economic recovery stimulus on green initiatives than any country in the world. And the United Arab Emirates is investing heavily in renewable...

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Atmospheric cost of printed telephone numbers

Updated 30 July 2011 The Sunday papers had arrived. As had the staggering bulk of the new Sydney telephone directories. The editor’s host lamented the bulk of the papers, and the contrasting lack of content: They’re all conjecture—I’m sure they print them on Tuesday....

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