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Darnell Hanson

Should the Paris text distinguish between types of emissions?

Background The New Zealand government has been widely criticised by international commentators for its “inadequate” greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target. Tim Groser, the Minister for Climate Change Issues,  justified the Government’s position last month in an address to the Institute of International

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Bonn negotiations 31st August – 4th September
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Darnell Hanson

Bonn negotiations 31st August – 4th September

The negotiations from the 31th of August – 4th of September in Bonn, Germany provided yet another piece for the ‘Paris puzzle’. Bonn was the penultimate session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2.10); which leaves a

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Darnell Hanson

Would the Urgenda case fly in New Zealand?

The recent Urgenda decision issued by the Hague District Court marks the first time ever that a court has ordered a government to curb a State’s greenhouse gas emissions, and the first case globally in which the tort of negligence has been successfully used

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Darnell Hanson

New Zealand on the eve of COP21: where do we stand?

The following is a summary and analysis of the New Zealand government’s stated negotiating positions on the key remaining issues on the table at COP21. The information in this article is primarily sourced from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign

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Darnell Hanson

COP21 Leaders Event – analysis

This article will analyse the various speaker events and panels (listed here) from day one of COP21. There were many encouraging speeches throughout day one – but does converging political rhetoric actually mean that Parties are closer to an effective agreement? A key issue

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Darnell Hanson

June 2015: Landmark Legal Rulings

Last month, The District Court in the Hague ruled in favour of sustainability foundation Urgenda, and imposed a legal duty on the government to reduce at least 25% of the Netherlands’ emissions by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. Based on

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Spotlight on New Zealand: Responses to Governments INDC
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Darnell Hanson

Spotlight on New Zealand: Responses to Governments INDC

On 7 July, Minister for the Environment Tim Groser announced New Zealand’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution the global climate deal in Paris this December. New Zealand commits to reduce GHG emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030,  a target which corresponds

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Darnell Hanson

UNFCCC Officials Release a Streamlined Additional Text

Yesterday, co-chairs from the UNFCCC released a new version of the negotiating text for COP21 in Paris. While the document is not an official part of the UNFCCC process, being drafted by co-chairs and not party delegates, it provides greater clarity on

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Will the climate change agreement negotiated in Paris actually work? We are a group of legal commentators analysing the draft text to show where work is needed. Read more about us here.

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