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The Paris Agreement of 12 December 2015 was an important political step forward for the planet. It is a statement of commitment by 185 nations to limit global warming to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Most nations also signed up to ‘the intent to pursue...
‘Think globally, act locally’ has long been a rallying cry for progressives and green activists. In this article, I stress the
importance of thinking globally before acting locally in the wake of the 2015 Paris conference on climate change.
When French foreign minister Laurent Fabius brought down the gavel on the Paris Agreement on 12 December 2015, the international community reached a goal that had eluded it for six years: an updated and universal climate change agreement. It owed much to France’s diplomacy over...
This article discusses the development and performance of New Zealand's emissions trading scheme since the report of the Emissions Trading Scheme Review Panel in 2011.
The New Zealand emissions trading scheme (ETS) was introduced by legislation in 2008. The legislated objectives...
The fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, being released in sections from late 2013 through 2014, is rekindling public interest in climate change. With controversies over the previous report (2007) out of the way, advances in knowledge since then and some...
This article examines the ways in which key environmental policies have been made in the past, and reflects on the present state of play with respect to these policies. The article draws on my experience with the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) since 1978 and the...
In this lecture I will:
• comment on some of the complex challenges of the 21st century which cry out for effective global governance reflecting today’s geopolitical and other realities; and
• examine whether global governance institutions – particularly in the areas of...
New Zealand is committed to being an active participant in the international response to the challenge of climate change (through the 2015 Paris Agreement ), principally by making substantial reductions in its greenhouse gas emissions.