Our Climate Shituation – crises for your doomscrolling

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Despite the alarming global environmental emergency, I am so looking forward to pohutukawas in full bloom in New Zealand

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Government, you are going to have to make me reduce my emissions

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OK here is my mea culpa on climate action. I am guilty.

Yes, even though I have read a lot about climate change and the urgency of effective action and have been duly alarmed,  even though I am active in climate groups, even though I submitted to the Climate Commission, I still lapse. Continue reading “Government, you are going to have to make me reduce my emissions”

Why has NZ managed to increase its net emissions since 1990 while others reduced them?

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I asked Professor Robert McLachlan this and he answered, “Cutting down more trees than we planted wasn’t so great but the bigger impact of trees in our climate policy has been to delay getting out of fossil fuels. Continue reading “Why has NZ managed to increase its net emissions since 1990 while others reduced them?”

We’ve had ETS since 2008 but how much has it affected you?

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I can’t believe it. We’ve been discussing Emissions Trading Scheme since 1993 in New Zealand and I still didn’t know how to explain it. Although I consider myself a responsible citizen who keeps up with the news I somehow managed to escape from having to learn. Continue reading “We’ve had ETS since 2008 but how much has it affected you?”

The danger of obsessing over stomach-churning stories about the climate emergency

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The word of the year for 2020 was ‘doomscrollling’. Wikipedia says it can be defined as “an excessive amount of screen time devoted to the absorption of dystopian news.” Continue reading “The danger of obsessing over stomach-churning stories about the climate emergency”

How would TEQs work for those who live rurally?

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A rural family of four plus an elderly mother are working out how to live with less energy. The children are 3 and 1. The father Doug owns a small farm but the mother Joan occasionally drives an hour and a half to the nearest town to give her specialist art lessons. She spends a lot on petrol her 1996 Nissan Pulsar which is often needing repairs. Continue reading “How would TEQs work for those who live rurally?”

Why are TEQs better than Fee and Dividend or Cap and Trade?

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I am a recent convert to Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs) invented by the late David Fleming in UK in 1996 for effective climate action. See Continue reading “Why are TEQs better than Fee and Dividend or Cap and Trade?”

Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs) – Rationing that works

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Some years ago I read about Tradable Energy Quotas as a method of ensuring everyone has access by right to their fair share of fossil fuels yet their usage gradually declines.

The last week has seen flash floods in Greece, Southern Brazil, Bulgaria, Turkey, Hong Kong, Turkey, the Caribbean and Boston. Climate change is here with a vengeance.

Peter Victor in his 2023 book Escape from Overshoot says we now need to reduce emissions by 9.7% every year till 2030 in order to meet the Paris Agreement. So, aware that we were not going to make the necessary cuts to emissions in time to have a liveable climate, it’s certainly time to revisit the idea. Continue reading “Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs) – Rationing that works”

Councils should have power to create rates vouchers

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Councils should have the power to create rates vouchers

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Meat and aviation industries use cute ways to measure emissions

FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailWhen it comes to telling the public about their emissions, the aviation industry keeps telling us how much their efficiency has improved. That is they can fly further on a certain amount of fuel.

But what they don’t tell us is that their capacity keeps increasing so much that overall their emissions increase. The planes are bigger, they have more routes and there are more planes flying. Continue reading “Meat and aviation industries use cute ways to measure emissions”