Federated Farmers is urging the government to be less political and more transparent in its approach to climate change.This has come after criticism the Zero Carbon Bill was introduced to parliament before a report by the Interim Climate Change Committee was revealed.
To achieve compliance with the sulphur cap, simply switching to a low sulphur fuel at January 2020 will not be enough. High sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) is primarily based on residual fuel and these tend to stick to the inside of fuel tanks and pipelines forming layers of sludge and sediments.
The accumulated layers of existing sludge in the fuel tanks and pipelines may contaminate the new fuel loaded, rendering the fuel non-compliant and pushing emissions above the 0.50% sulphur cap. Cleaning this out will require exhaustive efforts – either manually which is risky, expensive and time-consuming, or with specialised fuel treatments (chemical additives).
Tuvalu's government wants assistance with developing a tourism policy that embraces the fight against climate change.
Tourism Minister Taukelina Finikaso said the new policy should incorporate a rebranding of the country's tourism sector in response to the climate crisis. Speaking at an Indonesian trade show in New Zealand on Thursday, he said the policy should encourage visitors to plant mangroves and trees to prevent soil erosion in the low lying country that's threatened by rising sea levels.
A climate change strategy for Australia's foreign aid programme has languished on the foreign minister's desk for six months.Foreign aid groups have criticised the delay by Marise Payne, saying it undermines Australia's efforts to bolster ties with the Pacific.