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Work of science to work of art: a visual explanation of the IPCC’s latest special report on the ocean and cryosphere

To save you the hassle, John Lang has done the heavy lifting on last month’s IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere (SROCC). In succinct, but typically striking fashion, John elevates why this assessment matters, what’s happening out there in the ocean and up there in the Arctic, and presents two possible paths to two very different futures. It’s fitting to present SROCC visually just as...

Radiata pine plantations – a band aid to nowhere

Climate change policies, the Billion Tree initiative and recent news promote the establishment of extensive pine plantations to benefit Aotearoa New Zealand’s climate change response by sinking carbon. Others have questioned the benefit of short-rotation plantation pines compared to natural regeneration of native forests. Whilst afforestation has an important role in New Zealand’s climate change...

Climate change can be a catalyst for positive change

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) chief executive Andrew Caseley explains why it’s important to sow the seeds of hope when it comes to climate change – and how an upcoming campaign (Sept. 21) by the agency aims to galvanise consumers, businesses and organisations to take action. Climate change in the news If you feel like you are reading and seeing more articles and news...

Comparing apples with apples to achieve consistent carbon footprint calculations

The Carbon Footprint Standard is one year old In August 2018, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) published the first standard for carbon footprinting of products: ISO 14067:2018. On the ISO’s anniversary together with Daniele Pernigotti, the convenor of this ISO working group we look back and discuss why the standard is more relevant today than ever. The standard development...

The value proposition of the Blue Economy for local communities

Fostering the 4 Well-Beings In my last article I touched on what it means for the ocean economy to be blue; exploring definitions of the Blue Economy and highlighting in particular, the need for sustainable growth in our oceans to meet a variety of economic, social, cultural and environmental outcomes. In this article, I explore how local communities can benefit from the Blue Economy and...

Re-thinking money and business

A roadmap towards sustainable finance For too long finance has been primarily about returns and risks. The ethics of how the funding is used have often been considered irrelevant. This has fuelled investment into pollution and exploitation with pervasive negative impacts. There has been little attention given to prioritising investments with positive social and environmental impacts. That’s the...

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