Briefings

Skin Deep: A Nanoscale Effort on Cosmetics Regulation

Regulatory credibility on nanotechnologies is at ankle level with the regulators’ decision not to enforce the only nano-specific requirement on its books. The Ministry of Health and ERMA have no …
23 February 2011|Topics: , , ,

Integrity Gap: Copenhagen Pledges and Loopholes

Rather than the deep cuts on 1990 level emissions that are required, current pledges by developed countries would allow them to maintain business as usual emission levels, once “loopholes” …
2 August 2010|Topics: ,

The Invisible Revolution

New Zealand women are being exposed to cosmetic products containing a typeof nanomaterial that has been stripped from the shelves in Europe and Australia. Products containing nanoparticles called “fullerenes” remain …

Loopholes Negate Copenhagen Pledges for Emission Reductions

Rather than a cut on 1990 level emissions, current pledges by developed countries are likely to result in a net increase on this baseline once “loopholes” are taken into …
21 December 2009|Topics: ,

Overrated: New Zealand’s Emissions Reduction Target for 2020

UPDATE: A few days after publication of the Council’s briefing, one of the independent analytical teams (EcoFys, Climate Analytics and the European Climate Foundation) re-rated New Zealand’s …
15 December 2009|Topics: , ,

Australia’s Indefensible Climate Change Targets

The Australian Government proposes an unconditional target of reducing 2000 year net emissions by 5%, and would make a 15% cut if other developed nations make similar commitments. These …
20 March 2009|Topics:

ETS: Bill to a Future Generation

Proposed changes to the emissions trading scheme (ETS) would result in 84% or more of the nation’s multi-billion dollar Kyoto liability being put on to future taxpayers. Today’s polluters …
12 February 2009|Topics: ,

Corporate Welfare Under the ETS

This briefing provides indicative estimates of the subsidies that were to be payable to eight major industrial emitters under the proposed rules for the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) proposed …
18 June 2008|Topics: ,

The Carbon Challenge

The proposed rules for the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will involve huge transfers of wealth but make very little difference to New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions in the next …
30 April 2008|Topics: ,