IPCC report puts Government on final warning

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Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: IPCC report puts Government on final warning

A landmark report on climate change makes for grim reading and should serve as a final warning to governments around the world, including our own, says Labour’s Climate Change Spokesperson Moana Mackey.

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report considers man-made global warming “extremely likely” – an elevation from the IPCC’s 2007 assessment which classified it as “very likely”.

“While this might seem like semantics to some, in scientific terms it is extremely significant. It reflects the overwhelming scientific consensus that it is human activities that have caused the problem and that only a change in human behaviour can mitigate the most serious impacts of climate change on our planet.

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“That the IPCC has increased its projections of sea level rises is devastating news for many of our Pacific Island neighbours, who are already dealing with the reality of climate change.

“The assessment includes four scenarios representing four different sets of targets and emissions controls. Only two keep global temperatures below the 2 degree limit that countries have recognized as being required to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Both are based on significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions – well beyond the weak target set by the Government.

“New Zealand may represent only a small percentage of overall global emissions but we are one of the worst greenhouse gas polluters per capita in the world. How can we have any credibility asking the large emitting countries to make cuts if we are not pulling our weight?

“National has withdrawn from Kyoto, ripped the guts out of the Emissions Trading Scheme, and reversed every measure put in place by the last Labour Government to reduce our gross greenhouse gas emissions. It is sitting on its hands as a collapsing carbon price threatens the economic viability of our carbon forestry sector.

“A Labour Government will take climate change seriously and ensure that New Zealand does its fair share with a comprehensive climate change response including committing to the Kyoto framework and ensuring an effective price on carbon. That is exactly what is needed to spare our planet from the very worst effects of man-made global warming.”

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  1. A landmark report on climate change makes for grim reading and should serve as a final warning to governments around the world, including our own,….

    …..“A Labour Government will take climate change seriously and ensure that New Zealand does its fair share with a comprehensive climate change response including committing to the Kyoto framework and ensuring an effective price on carbon…..

    Moana MacKey Labour Party spokesperson on climate change

    That a Labour led government will act on climate change is such good news. I am terribly relieved.

    Thank you Moana for making this commitment to us.

    I whole heartedly agree with you that this government should be put on a “final warning”for their behaviour towards the climate.

    On top of their cruel attacks on beneficiaries and removal of workers rights, the current government’s record on climate change is this administration’s most dreadful and inhuman act of all, which if not reversed will have ramifications not for decades but for centuries.

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/09/30/ipcc-report-puts-government-on-final-warning/

    There is so much we could do as a nation. In fact in the fight against global climate change, we could be the most important nation in the world, especially if we put ourselves in the front line, and give a leading example of what can be done.

    Already 70% of our electricity is generated from renewables we could easily make this 100%. This would be world beating. And a shining example to all nations. This could be so easily done. Make Tiwai pay the real price for the their electricity and removing their tax payer subsidy would do it. So would putting in the “the right policy settings” that
    New Zealand Wind Energy Association chief executive Eric Pyle, says would allow the stalled Hauauru Ma Raki wind farm to be restarted. Both or either of these initiatives would let us close down the Huntly Power station, our only coal fired electricity generator.

    As you say, we need to act;

    “New Zealand may represent only a small percentage of overall global emissions but we are one of the worst greenhouse gas polluters per capita in the world. How can we have any credibility asking the large emitting countries to make cuts if we are not pulling our weight?”

    Moana MacKey Labour Party spokesperson on climate change

    This inciteful common sense observation, is in line with what Sir Peter (professor), Gluckman the chief science adviser to the Prime Minister’s office has been urging for some time. On the government website Sir peter writes;

    “New Zealand is a small emitter by world standards – only emitting some 0.2% of global green house gases. So anything we do as a nation will have little impact on the climate – our impact will be symbolic, moral, and political”

    Sir Peter Gluckman NZ Govt.org

    That “symbolic” impact, needs to be something big, something great, something that will grab the world’s attention.

    The first industrialised country to achieve completely fossil free, renewable power generation would do it.

  2. What should we do?

    To understand the best possible course of action we could take. We need to look at the problem realistically, and then break it down. We need to identify the one thing we could do, that would make the biggest possible difference.

    NASA planetary science and climate director, James Hansen has identified coal as “the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on our planet.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2009/02/16/203701/james-hansen-coal-greatest-threat-civilization-all-life-on-our-planet/

    If we want to solve the climate problem, we must phase out coal emissions. Period.

    James Hansen
    Coal & Climate Disaster

    So stopping coal must be our priority, that is if we are serious about stopping climate change.

    Greenpeace have a saying: “Think Globally, Act Locally”

    Globally, coal is the number one cause of climate change.

    But, not locally. Unlike the rest of the world coal is comparatively little used here. This makes it easy for New Zealand to phase out coal completely.

    I will argue “This is the single most significant contribution that we can make to the fight against climate change.”

    To understand why, we need to make another calculation based on the facts.

    On the global scale of greenhouse gas emissions from all sources, including agriculture, (our biggest emitter). New Zealand emits a grand total of 0.2% of the world’s total.

    If New Zealand could magically stop all our total emissions of greenhouse gases tomorrow, it would barely slow the runaway global climate train one bit.

    Our biggest contribution will be to show the world that a modern industrial country can comprehensively rid itself of coal and still maintain a decent standard of living.

    Sir Peter (professor), Gluckman the chief science adviser to the Prime Minister’s office agrees. On the government website Sir peter writes; “New Zealand is a small emitter by world standards – only emitting some 0.2% of global green house gases. So anything we do as a nation will have little impact on the climate – our impact will be symbolic, moral, and political”

    That “symbolic” impact, needs to be something big, something great, something that will grab the world’s attention.

    New Zealand needs to become the first country in the world to completely phase out coal.

    Becoming the first, First World Country to ban coal will have an impact on the world, that no population or political leaders in countries finding themselves ravaged by drought or superstorms could ignore.

    People around the world suffering from the cumulating effects fo climate change would demand if New Zealand can do it, Why can’t we?

    We need to make it illegal to use coal, we need to make it illegal to mine coal, we need to make it a criminal offence to trade in coal. To invest in coal, to import it and most importantly to export it.

    Is this too extreme?

    Not at all. We had once in this country, a huge and thriving asbestos industry, directly employing hundreds of workers. A lot of New Zealand houses were clad in asbestos sheeting known as Hardie Planks and there was a thriving export market in it, (mainly to the island nations). New Zealand had open cast asbestos mines and factories supplying this industry.

    It is now completely illegal to mine, to trade, to import, to export asbestos. And not just here but around the world.

    Coal arguably kills and will kill more than asbestos.

    Not only that but coal is already an industry in decline with Solid Energy laying off hundreds of coal workers, and Genisis Energy moth balling part of the Huntly Power Station. The workers from this dieing industry should be given certainty, there needs to be a huge expansion in the renewables sector to create the jobs lost in mining coal and burning of coal.

    On this basis it is hardly an extreme argument to call for it’s complete eradication and banning.

    So what’s stopping us from banning coal?

    The only thing stopping us is the political will to do so.

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