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Welcome to our latest SnippETS newsletter.

 

In this edition of SnippETS we look at whether our national emissions targets are too conservative and what we can learn from the climate change policy approach from other nations.

 

We cover how carbon can be stored in soils by regenerative farming practices and how farming crickets could be a low emissions alternative for NZ's agriculture industry.

 

Next we talk trees, how shorter workweeks help reduce emissions, compare the emission reductions from solar panels vs EVs and finish with some climate visualisation to help spread the word about the science of our change climate.

 

 

New Zealand is among the many nations that have pledged to limit global warming increases to 1.5C. But on a global scale – are we doing enough?According to Climate Action Tracker (CAT), if they were to rate NZ's projected emissions levels under current policies, it would rate NZ "Highly Insufficient," indicating that current policies are not consistent with holding warming to below 2C, let alone limiting it to 1.5C as required under the Paris Agreement. Read more.....

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand's current polices are seen as “Highly Insufficient” because of our conservative approach to reducing agricultural emissions.  In contrast, Ireland, which has a similar emissions profile to NZ, has announced the agricultural sector is capable of reducing its emissions by 10%-15% by 2030, plus a further 12% through additional land use changes and forestry actions. Thus, in total agriculture would cut emissions by almost 30% in just over a decade. Read more.....

 

 

 

 

One of the opportunities to reduce agricultural emissions is through regenerative agriculture - an approach to farming that focuses on soil health and overall resiliency through management techniques such as minimal or no tillage, crop rotation and cover cropping. The US based Terraton Initiative has an ambitious goal of removing 1 trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by sequestering it in agricultural soil and will pay farmers to implement these regenerative practices. Read more.....