Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

In a show of commitment to the Kyoto Protocol, NZ became the first country in the world to levy a public carbon tax. NZers will now pay an extra $2.90 per week for electricity, petrol and gas, which is expected to add about 6% to household energy prices and 9% to businesses. The idea is to make polluting energy sources such as oil and coal more expensive than cleaner ones such as hydro, wind and solar power. Guardian: “The experiment will be watched closely by bigger countries which are also committed to reducing carbon emissions but are failing to reduce energy demand.”


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New Zealand Ramps up Plans to Purge All Pests

New Zealand Ramps up Plans to Purge All Pests

There are strains on New Zealand’s environment. In this corner of the South Pacific, waterways are increasingly polluted and, from the suburbs to the alpine peaks, an untold army of feral…