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More “dangerous and unpredictable” weather warning

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The Minister for Climate Change has welcomed new New Zealand-led research that warns of more “dangerous and unpredictable” weather in the future if the world doesn’t get more serious about climate change action.
“This research explores what could happen with ice melts occurring at both polar caps and paints a disturbing picture of what our world will be…

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New Open Source Public Relations News Site Aims For “Balance not Bias”

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A new website seeks to address fake news, bias and achieve true balance by encouraging public relations professionals to collaborate with each other on news releases and content. Inspired by the crowdsourcing model, and looking to compete directly with other open-source news services, ThePublicInterest.info aims to find true balance in the news cycle.

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Sea level rise report strengthens resolve

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The Minister for Climate Change says Government recognises the challenges facing many on the frontline of coastal impacts from sea level rise.
Responding to Local Government NZ’s release of its report, “Vulnerable: The quantum of local government infrastructure exposed to sea level rise”, James Shaw says the Government is acutely aware of the impacts sea level rise could…

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New Year’s Honours recognise work that addresses climate change

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The Minister for Climate Change congratulates recipients in the 2019 New Year’s Honours whose work is helping Aotearoa New Zealand understand and address climate change.
James Shaw has extended his congratulations to Sir Stephen Tindall, now a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business, the community, and the environment.
“Sir Stephen…

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New Zealand joins international declaration on zero emissions vehicles

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New Zealand has signed onto the Birmingham Declaration on Zero Emissions Vehicles, committing to a zero emissions future for transport.
Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, endorsed the declaration during his visit to London, overnight New Zealand time.
“The transport sector has a critical role to play in the transformation to a low-emissions global economy”, says James Shaw.
“At last…

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Plastic shopping bag phase out set for 1 July

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Regulations for mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags to be in force from 1 July 2019.
Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage has today confirmed retailers will no longer be able to sell or give away single-use plastic shopping bags from 1 July 2019, after Cabinet agreed to the proposed regulations for a mandatory nationwide…

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EU and New Zealand to strengthen cooperation on emissions trading systems

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At the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice, European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and New Zealand Climate Change Minister James Shaw met and agreed to strengthen their bilateral cooperation on emissions trading systems.
Commissioner Arias Cañete and Minister Shaw issued the following media…

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New Zealand to phase down use of HFCs from 2020

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New Zealand will begin phasing down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) from 2020 as part of an international effort expected to avoid 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming.
Environment Minister David Parker and Climate Change Minister James Shaw said the Government would put in place a permitting system to set annual limits on imports of bulk HFCs, which…

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