More pines = more methane?

Last Sunday on Radio NZ, kiwi climate science Jim Salinger spoke of his current research in North America. A colleague gathering air over pine forests found that the pines "burb" isoprenes that inhibit the removal of methane from the atmosphere. The Science Direct website explains the impact of isoprenes in the atmosphere stating it "reacts with … Continue reading More pines = more methane?

Kiwi cows – climate change champions!

Professor Myles Allen of Oxford University, and a lead author of the October 2018 IPCC report, spoke to a capacity crowd in the Whangarei library tonight. Professor Myles Allen His core message for New Zealand was about methane. He debunked prevailing assessments that linked methane CO2 equivalents (e), claiming that it has a significantly different … Continue reading Kiwi cows – climate change champions!

The day our world changed

March 15 is the day our world changed forever. Young people arose around the world in 2083 places in 125 countries on all continents, in an unprecedented expression of love, outrage and unity. Never before have we seen such a united uprising driven by school students. This will create a seismic shift in geo-politics and … Continue reading The day our world changed

First Australian carbon credits paid to farmers!

It is humbling when the Aussies beat us. March 14 saw the first official Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) issued to farmers. These credits will contribute to Australia's Paris agreement commitments. We are so far behind! The project type is listed as 'pasture rejuvenation' using a pasture cropping technique the farmer refers to as a … Continue reading First Australian carbon credits paid to farmers!

Regeneration panel

Wednesday 27 February, NorthTec, Whangarei New Zealand, sponsored by NorthTec and Climate Change Tai Tokerau Northland Trust. A panel of Hirini Tane, Linda Matson, Graeme Ramsey and Bernadette Aperahama responded to questions about regeneration. Here is video of the event.


This post was first published on the Aotearoa Food Policy Network website. The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) are pathfinders, shining a light on the deficiencies of industrial food systems and lighting the path to sustainable food systems. Their latest publication Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU is the result of  3 … Continue reading TOWARD A EUROPEAN COMMON FOOD POLICY

A clarion call from Greta Thunberg

Is this the speech of the century (so far)? Greta Thunberg, from Sweden, addressed the COP 24 at Katowice, Poland. She was 15 years old at the time. Greta's direct communication might be attributed to diagnoses of Asperger's, OCD and selective mutism. She first came to global attention when she went on strike in … Continue reading A clarion call from Greta Thunberg