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Carbon offsetting: reducing the impact of air travel

Carbon offsetting: reducing the impact of air travel

Flying is damaging the planet. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that flights account for 3% of global carbon dioxide emissions. And according to the International Air Travel Association, every year many millions more people fly than did the year before. No wonder then that the number of…

The Zero Carbon Bill – a framework for New Zealand’s climate change journey

Climate change is happening, and it is happening now. And it is caused by human activity. There is overwhelming scientific consensus about this (eg, BD Santer “Celebrating the anniversary of three key events in climate change science” Nature Climate Change, 25 February 2019).
Climate crisis: the cold hard facts about all that “hot air”

Climate crisis: the cold hard facts about all that “hot air”

School students are striking, the Extinction Rebellion movement is growing, and local governments in New Zealand and around the world have declared a climate emergency. But not everyone is ready to join the zero emissions revolution. There are still sceptics, most notably in the White House, but also closer to…
Sustainable Practice

Sustainable Practice

With this issue we begin a regular feature which looks at what lawyers and legal workplaces can do to operate more sustainability and to help arrest climate change. I’m a lawyer, what can I do?Deeply worried about what is happening to our environment? Very concerned that, whatever the rhetoric, we do…
Decision-making bound by policy: a damming verdict?

Decision-making bound by policy: a damming verdict?

Sally McKechnie and Charlotte Doyle comment on the ramifications of the recent Supreme Court decision Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Ltd v Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc [2017] NZSC 106 (the Ruataniwha decision) for public and statutory decision makers. The Supreme Court’s decision on the proposed…

Preparing for likely resource law overhaul

A fundamental shake-up of New Zealand’s environmental management law is coming, regardless of who wins this year’s general election. At least that’s the view of the Environmental Defence Society (EDS), and it aims to help shape the new regime by carrying out its own major review of the current system with…
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