Tag Archive: Politics

New Directions: An Oblique Approach to New Zealand Climate Policy

The disappointment of Copenhagen, hardly eased by Cancun, has prompted the question: ‘Now what?’ One possible answer lies in The Hartwell Paper: A new direction for climate policy after the crash of 2009, jointly written by a group of academics in February 2010. The recommendations of The Hartwell Paper emerge from the revision of some …

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Prioritising renewable energy

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Renewable energy has been in the Indian news a lot lately. Firstly, India is gearing up for a partnership in renewable energy with the United States: an American trade mission exploring possible tie-ups in solar energy has come to India at a time when India is fleshing out its national solar mission (which was announced …

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Increasing number of Americans believe that global warming is exaggerated

According to a recent Gallup Poll, an increasing number of Americans believe that the threat of global warming is exaggerated. In the 2009 poll, Gallup surveyed 1012 adults by fixed and mobile phone. The results found that forty-one percent of Americans doubted the severity of global warming as reported by the mainstream media. In addition, …

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Canada: verifiable emissions reductions from government programs hard to find

Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Scott Vaughan, has recently produced a report highlighting a significant failure on the part of the Government of Canada in ensuring that public money spent on environmental initiatives are actually achieving results. As a member of the Government of Canada’s Office of the Auditor General, the Commissioner …

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Water Security and the politicisation of water in India

The Baglihar Dam on the Chenab (photo credit:Reuters)

It’s an election year and India’s opposition party has begun setting its agenda on green issues. The National Democratic Alliance’s LK Advani yesterday pledged to make access to drinking water a fundamental right and water conservation a fundamental duty for all Indians. Moreover, key elements of Mr Advani’s campaign will be fighting terrorism and climate …

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USA: Boxer vs EPA Head on CO2 Midnight Ruling


For those not acquainted with the Bush Administration’s latest pastime I should probably introduce the concept of the ‘midnight ruling’.  Late in a presidency, an administration will often issue rulings that are unpopular but uphold the President’s worldview.  President Bush’s recent midnight rulings have predominantly been concerned with environmental deregulation.  The latest of these concerns …

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