Weather forecasters, many of whom see climate change as a natural, cyclical phenomenon, are split over whether they have a responsibility to educate their viewers on the link between human activity and the change in the Earth's climates.
Individuals need to take action and use their citizenship rights to put pressure on the Government to act on climate change, Victoria University School of Government professor Jonathan Boston says.
Distasters are coming. That is the prediction from Insurance Council of New Zealand chief executive Chris Ryan, who said the number of disasters caused by storms, floods, tornadoes and snowstorms would rise.
Many of Otago's low-lying coastal communities are at risk from extensive inundation from storm events, a new report to the Otago Regional Council says.
The Government and the Labour Party say New Zealand still faces big climate change challenges despite latest figures showing liabilities under the Kyoto Protocol have swung from deficit to surplus.
Having stitched up a deal with the Maori Party on its revised Emissions Trading Scheme - which has exercised environmentalists and received only lukewarm plaudits from two of the revised scheme's more notable beneficiaries, industry and agriculture - the Government might venture to suggest that since no-one is entirely happy it must have the numbers about right.
A blood-orange blob the size of a small refrigerator emerged from the dark waters, its venomous tentacles trapped in a fishing net. Within minutes, hundreds more were being hauled up, a pulsating mass crowding out the catch of mackerel and sea bass.
This decade is on track to become the warmest since records began in 1850, and 2009 could rank among the top-five warmest years, the UN weather agency reported on the second day of a pivotal 192-nation climate conference in Copenhagen.
The Copenhagen climate agreement announced this morning (NZT) sets no overall emissions targets for rich countries.
A series of lectures on climate change given recently at the University of Auckland by Dr Jim Salinger, former Niwa scientist and now an independent weather scientist, will be repeated at Palmerston this year. The lectures are being organised by the Hampden Community Energy group and the Waihemo Wastebusters, of Palmerston.
Exhausted climate negotiators labored nonstop through the night and into their final day today, bargaining intensely over draft accords and seeking small, but essential steps to stem global warming.
Retrieving sediment samples from the sea bed more than 2.3km below an Antarctic ice shelf has led University of Otago researcher Prof Gary Wilson to an inescapable conclusion: human activity has pushed the Earth to the edge of climate instability and it is up to humans to change that.
More floods, droughts and extreme weather events associated with the El Nino and La Nina cycles can be expected in New Zealand in a warming world, Auckland researchers predict.
A melt of ice on Greenland and Antarctica is likely to be less severe than expected this century, limiting sea level rise to a maximum of 69 cm, an international study said today.
Australian scientists warn half the planet could "simply become too hot" for human habitation in less than 300 years.
A decade-long drought in Australia's most important crop-growing region is worsening and there is little hope for relief from either saving rains or a new government conservation plan, officials say.
American environmentalist and writer Bill McKibben will give three talks in Otago this week, as part of a speaking tour of New Zealand.
Business New Zealand chief executive Phil O'Reilly is not lighting a cigar in celebration of the Government's revised emissions trading scheme policy, but concedes he is more relaxed about it than the proposals it replaces.
Maori forest owners will not get any preferential treatment under an emissions trading scheme (ETS) deal National is negotiating with the Maori Party, Climate Change Minister Nick Smith said today.