Climate change challenge for the Nats is to take scientists’ advice on GE and gazump the Greens

Prince  Charles  has called  for a   new  economic  model  in  order  to  save  the planet.  Speaking  at  the World Economic Forum in  Davos,  he pleaded with world leaders and businesses to revolutionise the interaction between nature and global financial markets,saving the planet from “approaching catastrophe”.

In an unprecedented royal intrusion on government policy,  he argues market-based solutions and tax reform are the best options to halt the damaging impacts of climate change.Outlining 10 ways to transform financial markets and reduce global emissions, Prince Charles said nothing short of a revolution was required.

“I’ve come to realise it is not a lack of capital holding us back but rather the way in which we deploy it. Therefore, to move forward we need nothing short of a paradigm shift – one that inspires action at revolutionary levels and pace.”

He called for companies and countries to outline how they will move to net zero emissions – a signal he is not satisfied with the commitments made under the Paris climate accord. The United Kingdom has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050 but Australia and other countries have been reluctant to make similar promises.

Politicians  in NZ  may believe  this  country  is  already ahead  of  the pack  after  passing the  Zero  Carbon Emissions  legislation,   a  clear  response to  Prince  Charles’  call    that

” … it is time for businesses, industries and countries alike to design and implement how they will decarbonise and transition to net-zero.”

The  Green  Party  will be  hoping  its  role in this achievement   will be  recognised  by  voters  later this  year.

Yet  it  need  not  necessarily   command a political  monopoly  of the climate change  issue.

Opportunities   beckon   other  parties  in  the  climate   change space.  Food  security   and  water    scarcity will  be   big  issues  in   coming decades if  global warming  gathers  pace, rather than declines.

National  in  particular   cannot  afford to be  on the wrong side  of  the argument if  climate change  becomes  front and centre in the  election campaign.  Already  a  core element of  its election base — the farming community — believes  it is  under the pump  in  bearing the  burden  of the Ardern government’s   policies.

Simon  Bridges, for  example,  needs to  seize  the   chance to   gazump  the Greens  on  climate change   by   reversing   government policy  on  genetic  engineering.

Gene editing  solutions  could accelerate  the reduction of  agricultural  emissions  through the  development  of  new  grasses  and  new animal  breeds.

Last  year NZ’s top scientific body  called for an overhaul of genetic engineering (GE) legislation, after finding an “urgent need” for a fresh look at how the contentious technology could be applied.

In the strongest signal to the government, a high-powered panel convened by Royal Society Te Apārangi  concluded the time has come for change.  It proposed moving away from a black-and-white view of what is and isn’t genetic modification, toward a more nuanced approach that looks at specific applications, and what benefits and risks they carry.

Since 2003, GE and genetically modified organisms have been tightly controlled by the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act – and there have been growing calls from the biotech sector for change.

NZ   needs  to be a   first    mover   in  applying   the  advances   being  achieved  in   gene editing,  particularly  if  it  helps to avert  the  kind of  catastrophe   Prince Charles is  talking   about.

And  farmers    would  lay out  the  welcome mat to a  political  party   which put  practical  responses  to  combating   climate  change at the forefront of  their  election  policies.

A  new  policy  embracing  such  measures  as gene  editing,  indoor vertical farming, automation and robotics, livestock technology, modern greenhouse practices, precision agriculture and artificial intelligence would provide  a  welcome  alternative   for    farmers    who  believe   they  are  bearing  the  bulk of the cost  of  the current government’s climate change  measures.





2 thoughts on “Climate change challenge for the Nats is to take scientists’ advice on GE and gazump the Greens

  1. Climate change is forever and always has been. It is driven by a large thermonuclear ball in the sky, the Earth’s orbital perturbations and cosmic rays that impact on the extent cloud formation which traps heat. Only an inbred dolt could think it can be stopped. But if you feel you must do something then develop nuclear power which has the lowest CO2 footprint of any energy source. Oh, apologies, the climate change catastrophists are the spiritual successors to the rent-a-crowd who screamed anti-nuclear slogans a few years back.

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    1. Odysseus, only some of what you say is true. You would gain further insight from reading Yuval Harari’s book “Sapiens” – good advice from another inbred dolt


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