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Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  38 Comments

Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the dreary reality of rising temperatures and melting ice. The grim physics of warming means that the next 30 years of warming is already locked, loaded and about to be fired.

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Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

“If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the National Party’s stroll to victory in the election.

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An election looms: do I feel lucky?

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Consider this. A few hundred metres away, right in front of you, there’s a man with a very big gun — a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world. You’re looking down the barrel. He’s just pulled the trigger, and a bullet is speeding towards you. You would very much like to dodge the bullet, but your fate depends on the actions of the political parties standing for election on September the 20th.

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Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests?

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Dragon breath and the age of consequences

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

One use of the f-word has flown under the radar in the last few weeks of frantic electioneering, but it’s arguably the most important. We ignore it at our peril.

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Broken English, broken government, broken climate

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

Bill English’s unguarded statements on climate change demonstrate just how out of touch the National Party leadership really is, and how important it is that they should be forced to face facts.

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The weather’s getting worse, and we did it

By   /  July 16, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

We have to prepare to adapt to more floods, more storms, and more droughts because they are inevitable. We also have to cut emissions as soon as possible to stop making things worse.

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Getting out the climate vote

By   /  July 2, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

Ten days ago a group of environmental NGOs launched the Climate Voter initiative — a non-partisan effort to put climate change firmly onto the election agenda. Over 18,000 people have already signed up.

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You ain’t seen nothing yet…

By   /  June 18, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  49 Comments

Extreme weather is where the climate change rubber hits the road, and I’ve had enough of it. Unfortunately, it looks like there’s lot more to come.

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Put a proper price on carbon or we’ll pay a proper price

By   /  June 5, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

As long as governments have a completely free hand, and are backed by vested interests with deep pockets, they’ll screw up carbon policy. They’ll do it at every opportunity. So let’s take some of the levers out of their hands, and give them to someone with a legislated requirement to act in the best interest of all New Zealanders.

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Goodbye coastline: we are beyond the point of no return

By   /  May 21, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  38 Comments

We are committed to a watery future. The coastline we grew up with — the coastline that humanity grew up with — will soon be history. The giant ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland are melting fast, and have passed the point of no return. Substantial sea level rise is now unstoppable.

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Generation Zero: come clean on NZ’s energy future

By   /  May 7, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

At the end of last week Generation Zero, a non-partisan group of young people formed to advocate for climate action, started a Vote New Energy campaign to put a clean energy transformation on the political agenda in the run up to the general election.

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Ragged right caught in reality’s shit sandwich

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs  /  95 Comments

The simple truth is that we (as in the entire global community) have to adapt to the changes that are inevitable, and reduce emissions as fast as possible to prevent climate change going far beyond adaptive capacity and into the realms of real catastrophe.

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Facing the future – no Bridges too far

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  110 Comments

It’s deja vu all over again. Every time that I think the current New Zealand government couldn’t possibly divorce itself any further from reality, they manage it.

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Up a blind alley (without a paddle)

By   /  March 12, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

The people of Christchurch — and the whole of New Zealand — need a better response to flooding than a prime minister gurning with a mop, because every coastal city and town in the country is going to face increasing inundation as sea levels rise and rainstorms get heavier.

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Investigating Climate Change Deniers and their spin against global warming

By   /  February 26, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  121 Comments

All of these sources, from blogs like Watts Up With That in the US or Jo Nova in Australia, to the weighty tomes delivered by the NIPCC, exist purely as a support network for people and politicians who find confronting climate change an affront to their beliefs or to their pockets.

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