When a magazine as authoritative as The Economist heads up its lead “No Safe Place” , even climate change deniers should sit up and take notice.
The Economist” says the most terrible thing about the spectacular scenes of destruction that have played out around the world over recent weeks is that there is no safe place from which to observe them.
“The ground under the German town of Erftstadt is torn apart like tissue paper by flood waters; Lytton in British Columbia is burned from the map just a day after setting a freakishly high temperature record; cars float like dead fish through the streets-turned-canals in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou. All the world feels at risk, and most of it is”.
NZ had its own headline: “The Buller River recorded largest NZ flood flows in almost 100 years”.
The Economist argues the extremes of flood and fire are not going away but adaptation can lessen their impact.
Greenhouse gas emissions have produced a planet more than 1 degree warmer than in pre-industrial days. Continue reading “There’s no escape from climate change – and NZ should brace for the tariffs imposed by our trading partners to deal with it”
Whoa, there – she’s bolted!
We refer to Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson, who this morning dropped another media statement into our email in-tray as Associate Housing Minister.
It was her third while she has been wearing the Housing ministerial hat.
She did issue another statement as recently as May 6 but that was as Minister responsible for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence and – in the same capacity – she has delivered two speeches.
In her statement today she didn’t actually announce anything. Rather, she said the Government welcomed the release of the second progress report on the Homelessness Action Plan and the progress it records.
More politically provocative was a statement from Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Transport Minister Michael Wood, although they, too, did not announce a new policy.
Rather, they invited public feedback on a range of policies being mooted to reduce emissions and make big big changes to our motoring habits and lifestyles. They grimly warned “there will be some hard choices to make…” but “it’s obvious we can’t continue with business as usual.” Continue reading “Govt reports it is doing nicely, thank you, at getting us into houses – but it warns it must also find ways of getting us out of our cars”