Bill English fiddles whilst the world burns: our Prime Climate Change Denier

There will be one moment of mismanagement by Bill English this election that will be studied and debated in the future. That moment is neither Todd Barclay’s alleged workplace bullying nor the leaks of Winston Peters’ superannuation over-payment. That moment was captured in his Radio New Zealand interview on 28 August 2017; when he was… Read More Bill English fiddles whilst the world burns: our Prime Climate Change Denier

The right issue, the wrong voice: the Kermadecs and Te Ohu Kaimoana

The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary is a proposed marine sanctuary that will cover 620,000 square kilometres; for comparison, that is 35 times larger than the combined area of Aotearoa New Zealand’s existing 44 marine reserves and would mean 15 percent of our ocean environment is fully protected. The Kermadecs are about 1,000 kilometres from Aotearoa New… Read More The right issue, the wrong voice: the Kermadecs and Te Ohu Kaimoana

Our first, & not our last, climate change refugee at NZ’s barricade

In July of this year, the Supreme Court denied the application of Ioana Teitiota from Kiribati to be granted asylum in Aotearoa New Zealand as a climate change refugee. In its ruling, the Supreme Court said he could not be granted asylum as he was not in danger of harm because Kiribati were taking steps… Read More Our first, & not our last, climate change refugee at NZ’s barricade

Train whistle blowing, makes a sleepy noise: Kiwirail and our climate future

I caught the Northern Explorer from Palmerston North to Hamilton. As I waited on the platform, I looked at the tracks below me. At one point where two tracks joined, someone had folornly spraypainted a health and safety hazard: a bolt that was halfway out of its hole, opposite another bolt that had completely fallen out,… Read More Train whistle blowing, makes a sleepy noise: Kiwirail and our climate future

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine

The Guardian reported on 14 March that applied mathematician Safa Motesharrei of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and others have had a research article accepted for publication in Ecological Economics based on their work with a new cross-disciplinary ‘Human And Nature DYnamical’ (HANDY) model. You can read it yourself, but here’s the short version. Briefly, the HANDY model looks… Read More It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine