Tradable Energy Quotas will reduce Agricultural Emissions

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When Degrowth Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) first became keen on advocating for Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs) as invented by David Fleming, we were worried that TEQs wouldn’t reduce our huge agricultural emissions, particularly methane and nitrous oxide. This piece explores the potential impact of TEQs (a form of rationing fossil fuels) on agriculture, the role of fossil fuels in farming. It concludes that TEQs will result in a decrease in agricultural emissions.

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Welcome to a baby born at 416ppm CO2 and overshoot

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Welcome to a baby born at 416 ppm CO2 on the day that COP26 was meeting in Glasgow. This was said to be the last chance to turn around runaway climate change. Mind you they said that last time and the time before.

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Climate catastrophe or inevitable after COP26?

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Train in flood

Often during the last twenty years, climate activists have had high hopes that humanity will avert a climate catastrophe. Continue reading “Climate catastrophe or inevitable after COP26?”

Renewables – in a growing economy it may be impossible to get there

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Hydrolakes in Aotearoa/New Zealand have had many years of low rainfall, but it is now happening more frequently. In dry years we revert to coal generation, making the transition to renewables harder.

When New Zealand hydroelectric power stations run low, we beef up electricity generation with another coal-fired unit in Huntly. But each time, environmentalists are shocked because it isn’t using renewables. How is New Zealand going to meet its renewable targets now, they ask.

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