Archive for Climate Change

Why Veganism is not a solution to climate change

“Methane from dairy cattle digestive systems and carbon dioxide from road transportation have contributed the most.”   That was a key finding of the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) 2016 Greenhouse Gas Inventory which reported a near 20% increase in gross emissions since 1990. Some…

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Climate actions growing in Franklin

Did Nero fiddle while Rome burned? Or is that expression nothing more than a popular legend? Whichever, that saying today describes leaders who do too little for the masses in times of crisis. The crises we face today are many with the most significant being…

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Seminars a window on small block potential

The smallBlock Sunday Seminar held last Sunday in the Waiau Pa community hall was an outstanding success. The seminar addressed stakeholder interests and wider issues around communities, local economic development and rural living. For the organisers, the Franklin Branch of the New Zealand Tree Crops…

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Get more from your small lifestyle block.

The Waikato Times headlines this Tuesday morning included a piece about the Waikato “leading a general national upswing in farm sale volumes”. It seems that the Franklin area is being affected by a new confidence in demand for farm and lifestyle block properties.   Perhaps…

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A way forward to solve climate change issues

I came across this video in my news reading this morning and it struck a chord with me.  An emotional chord, not a musical one. And having written a number of times on the urgency of climate change and the lack of action by those…

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Civil disobedience advocated for climate change action

Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide at the Hawaiian Moana Loa Observatory passed the 400 parts per million level for the first time last month. In scientific circles, 400 parts per million (ppm) may not be a big deal.  What is more concerning is the acceleration…

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Do the Maths!

“Our climate is changing.” This serious understatement opens the climate change section of the Auckland Unitary Plan. A more compelling view comes from the World Meteorological Organisation’s annual Statement on the Status of the Global Climate: “…the decline of Arctic sea ice in 2012 is a…

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Budget 2013: Press Release stakes

Investing $200 million here, a $130 million boost there, multi million dollar recognitions everywhere!  The headlines of press releases around last week’s budget seemed to be focused on growth and opportunities. I will not read the entire 2013 Budget as such.  It’s a rather dry…

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Planning for Climate Change

Our cows danced a jig in the paddock, leaving their calves looking on, seemingly bemused.  The sheep put their head and shoulders in to their shelters but left their rear ends exposed, perhaps to secure the benefits without having to face it head on. After…

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Unitary Plan delivers rules & culture, lacks resilience

Last week we looked at Auckland Council’s draft Unitary Plan and asked: how do we determine whether it works for the people of the city? One approach to looking at how the plan works, was to search the plan for matters affecting individual properties. As…

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