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Farmers advocate takes wrong message from climate reports - Andy Reisinger

As a climate scientist, I strongly rebut Tuesday's opinion piece by Robin Grieve who claimed he was relating facts from the Motu Research report, Cows, Sheep and Science: A Scientific Perspective on Biological Emissions from…

East Coast land study builds case for lucrative native forest future

The North Island's picturesque East Coast is set to become a testing ground for a nationwide model that could potentially establish hundreds of thousands of hectares of new native forest, combat climate change and improve…

Global support for 'Trump Forest' stuns NZ trio

Suzi Kerr comments in this story from the NZ Herald on how three New Zealand environmentalists pushing to plant a global forest cheekily dedicated to US President Donald Trump say they've been overwhelmed by worldwide…

New Research: Carbon Farming Native Trees on Māori Land

A new three year research project beginning this year will identify the opportunities and barriers for Māori land on the East Coast that could be used for native forest regeneration for carbon farming. “With the mānuka…

Carbon Charge or ETS? The pros and cons.

This blog post from Jeanette Fitzsimons is a valuable addition to how people can think about making NZ climate-safe.  The recent Climate Declaration to the NZ govt includes the suggestion: “Abandon the ETS and replace it…

Study boost for carbon farming on Coast

THE future of East Coast carbon farming has received a boost with a three-year research project beginning this year to identify the opportunities and barriers for reforesting Maori land.  Ruatoria charitable company Hikurangi Enterprises, Motu Economic…

Arthur Grimes appointed to ERSA Prize Jury

Arthur Grimes has been appointed a member of the six person Jury of the European Prize in Regional Science, also known as the ERSA Prize. ERSA is the European Regional Science Association which has 3500 members…

The ETS is ready to reduce New Zealand’s emissions

So far our Emissions Trading Scheme has been deemed largely ineffectual, thanks to low-integrity overseas credits and low emission prices. Motu’s Catherine Leining believes recent global and local changes mean the ETS can do its…

Edmund Hillary Fellow Anne-Marie Brook

EHF Fellow Anne-Marie Brook is developing the Human Rights Measurement Initiative. Working in her OECD office in Paris in the mid-2000s, Anne-Marie Brook found herself looking for data sets that could help support economic advice to…

The value of patents & their “window on the innovation process”

For tracking the influence and progression of ideas and advances, one tool that has proved to be invaluable is citation analysis – quantifying and examining the previous works that a given scientific paper cites, as…