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New data tool scores Australia and other countries on their human rights performance

K Chad Clay writes in The Conversation about new human rights metrics. This year, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will mark its 70th anniversary, but despite progress in some areas, it remains difficult to measure…

Arthur Grimes on New Reserve Bank Policy Targets

In a controversial move, the Reserve Bank will include full employment in its policy targets, rather than focusing solely on price stability. The bank will also move to policy by committee instead of leaving interest…

Motu research analysts on cow vs breast milk, nudging Singaporeans who may or may not be capitalists, world happiness, being paid to be fired, HIV and religion & more

This top ten list at interest.co.nz was compiled by Sally Owen, Kate Preston, and Nathan Chappell, research analysts at Motu. Read more.

Multidisciplinary approach feature of Treasury's 'wellbeing economics'

Colin James in the Otago Daily Times discusses the new four-yearly investment statement from The Treasury and mentions the Human Rights Measurement Initiative project hosted by Motu. More here.

The two things you should know about methane

In New Zealand, as in the rest of the world, the climate change conversation tends to focus on fossil fuels and renewable energy. But, asks Kieran Martin, when methane in the atmosphere can do far…

NZ's Greenhouse emissions growing and carbon sinks contracting

New Zealand's first environmental accounts show greenhouse gas emissions rose slower than economic growth in the last 25 years, but the planting of forests to absorb carbon has slowed dramatically since 2013. Thomas Coughlan from…

Many firms failing to catch the leader

Great article from Brian Fallow at the NZ Herald reporting on research by Motu's Trinh Le and the Productivity Commission with Richard Harris from Durham University "It is fundamental to our success as a species that…

Weather extremes: Is it the new normal?

Scientists are pushing for a better understanding of what climate change will entail for New Zealand and the measures to adapt. RNZ Science and Innovation reporter Charlie Dreaver explains in an audio story. From record-breaking heat…

Coastal properties may lose insurance

There may come a day when your coastal property is refused insurance because of the high-risk of storm damage and erosion due to rising sea-levels. Belinda Storey is a climate economist who works with Motu…

The risks of living near the ocean

Would you buy a house that might flood in the future, and how much would you pay for it? Eloise Gibson of Newsroom talks to the researchers working out the effect of sea level rise…