New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declares ‘climate emergency’

Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared a “climate emergency” on Wednesday, telling parliament that urgent action was needed for the sake of future generations.Ardern said the science on climate change was clear and New Zealand had to acknowledge the threat.The centre-left leader said the challenges posed by global warming meant parliament’s declaration — […]

New Zealand declares climate emergency, promises carbon neutral govt by 2025

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the climate emergency declaration was based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s findings that to avoid more than 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global warming, emissions would need to fall by around 45% from 2010 levels by 2023 and reach zero by around 2050.

New Zealand declares climate emergency, promises carbon neutral government by 2025

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the climate emergency declaration was based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s findings that to avoid more than 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global warming, emissions would need to fall by around 45% from 2010 levels by 2023 and reach zero by around 2050.

New Zealand joins Australia in denouncing China’s tweet

He was referring to a disturbing report by Australia’s military earlier this month which found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians during the Afghanistan conflict. The report recommended that 19 soldiers be referred to federal police for criminal investigation.

World leaders to address special session of UNGA on Covid-19 pandemic

Currently there are a lot of responses to Covid-19, but the point of the session is to bring countries together, along with UN actors, the private sector and vaccine developers to work together to see “where we are, to take stock and to identify gaps and challenges and then to move forward together so we […]

‘Heart-breaking’: 30,000 sign petition urging Pharmac to fund inflammatory bowel disease medicine

Pharmac’s own committee advised that it fund ustekinumab in May. Its chief executive Sarah Fitt told protestors she had regular discussions with suppliers and hoped the medicine would be funded soon. The drugs were on a waiting list.

Test cricket looks to break out of the bubble in Hamilton

For the visitors, it will be about scraping off the rust as quickly as possible. They haven’t won a Test on these shores for 25 years now, drawing four and losing eight of the 12 they have played in the period, and there’s not much to suggest that it will be any different this time […]

NZ ideally placed to broker truce between China and the Five Eyes alliance

On the other side is China, with which New Zealand has had an official relationship since the turn of the 20th century. While the two countries fought on the same side in the second world war, once China became communist their paths diverged. They were on opposite sides in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

World leaders to address high-level, special session of UN General Assembly on COVID-19

Bozkir’s Spokesperson Brenden Varma, replying to a question on whether it was far too late to hold the special session on COVID-19, said the President of the General Assembly agrees that it is already too late to have this meeting, which should have been held in the summer as the coronavirus cases were rapidly increasing […]

Evidence ‘inconclusive’ that lower interest rates are increasing inequality, says Adrian Orr

“Our actions assisted the New Zealand economy to remain on track to experience low and stable consumer price inflation, a lower unemployment rate than otherwise, a New Zealand dollar exchange lower than otherwise, and ongoing financial stability,” he said.