Tag archive for climate change

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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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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