Ridiculous climate change loophole in RMA has been closed

Up until this week decision-makers could not decline large climate-polluting projects such as coal mines and fossil fuel power plants even though they could have huge climate-polluting impacts.  Now that ridiculous loophole has been closed.  Changes just made to the RMA now means consents for large projects can be declined if they have significant climate change impacts that are inconsistent with the Zero Carbon Act.Read More »

$9 Million to Drain a Sinking Farmed Wetland Below Sea Level ?

A Waikato Regional Council (WRC) project near Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains to use pumps and a canal to drain 1100 hectares of farmland on sinking peatland/wetland has seen the cost rise steeply from $2 million in 2013 to $9 million today.  The cost benefit analysis carried out was deficient, and the latest research on potential climate change impacts has not been adequately considered.  A rigorous review of the project is required.

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