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 think tank report on sustainability, released in Wellington today, calls for a radical overhaul of economic and environmental policies and practices to avoid a "catastrophic" future for the country.
Thousands of walruses are congregating on Alaska's northwest coast, a sign that their Arctic sea ice environment has been altered by climate change.
Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has acknowledged there is little hope for a final deal on a post-Kyoto agreement on global warming to be signed in Copenhagen in December.
New Zealand has been rated as the world's fifth best-placed country in terms of coping with the effects of climate change, according to a new report.
New Zealand should set a good example in its response to global climate change, a leading climate scientist says.
The world's oceans this summer are the warmest on record - and scientists are blaming a combination of El Nino and worsening global warming.
Climate Change Minister Nick Smith is rejecting criticism by a top United Nations climate scientist that the Government's emissions reduction target is disappointing, inadequate and unambitious.
Actresses Lucy Lawless and Keisha Castle-Hughes sported blue casts on their arms to help launch a climate campaign in Auckland today.
So it is to be between 10% and 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, and it will cost all of us an estimated $30 a week extra: but bear in mind this is a target for New Zealand's negotiating position at the international climate change conference in December.
Prime Minister John Key has told Whale Rider star Keisha Castle-Hughes to "stick to the acting" over her stance on climate change.
The Government is open to the idea of setting different reduction targets for different types of greenhouse gases, Climate Change Minister Nick Smith said today.
Acting locally to save the environment is all very well, but many scientists say global action is overdue. Kim Dungey reports.
Mention global warming mitigation policies and agriculture, and the rural sector starts speculating that the end of the world is looming.
The same satellite technology that allows more than 500 million users to view everything from the Grand Canyon to a neighbor's backyard is now helping them glide through the depths of the ocean, track a whale or compare reviews of their favorite dive locations.
National is spurning an offer from Labour to work co-operatively on setting up an emissions trading scheme, Labour's climate change spokesman Charles Chauvel said today.
American environmentalist and writer Bill McKibben will give three talks in Otago this week, as part of a speaking tour of New Zealand.
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.
A climate change lobby group has dispelled as a "convenient untruth" claims by agricultural leaders that there were no cost-effective options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Bells will ring across the city tonight when the lights dim or go off at businesses, services and public buildings, including the Octagon, as Dunedin takes part in the international climate-change initiative, Earth Hour 2009.