New Zealand’s greenhouse gas obligations will be much tougher than they are now under new rules agreed at the Paris climate change talks, according to carbon traders. …
However, Greenpeace executive director Russel Norman warned the battle for real-life carbon reduction had not been won for certain as a result of the Paris agreement.
Dr Norman said goodwill had to be turned into reality.
“I think there is no question that the intention of the treaty is to try to push governments to actually cut emissions rather than to buy fraudulent carbon credits which has been the strategy of the New Zealand Government,” he said. Read more »
Going straight for the nation’s largest income earner.
Millions of people across South East Asia are facing a catastrophic smog problem due to the fires, which are caused by the systematic destruction of rainforests and peatlands by the relentless clearing of land for palm plantations.
Described as the biggest environmental crime of the 21st century, the fires are also rapidly destroying the habitat of a third of the world’s wild orangutans and other endangered species. Read more »
The Green Party’s new MP has been sworn in.
Marama Davidson took her seat today, replacing former co-leader Russel Norman who has resigned to become head of Greenpeace New Zealand. Read more »
Russel Norman is a complete waste of space, and he is reminiscing about his “Gimme my flag episode”
Departing Green MP Russel Norman says he leaves Parliament with no regrets, but admits he was hugely embarrassed about his famous tussle over a Tibetan flag.
Dr Norman packed away the flag today as he cleared out his Wellington office in preparation of a move to Auckland, where he will take over as executive director of Greenpeace New Zealand.
The former Green co-leader said he grabbed it back off Chinese security guards after it was torn from his hands during a protest for Tibetan rights at Parliament in 2010. He was filmed shouting “give me back my flag” at the Chinese delegation. Read more »
Oh why does God hate us so? ex-Green Taliban leader, on the way out to become a professional eco-terrorist, gets the last laugh
Russel Norman is buggering off shortly to eco-terrorist group Greenpeace, but not before leaving a landmine of his own behind.
Restricting public investment in fossil fuel companies, allowing beneficiaries more part-time work and the creation of a new watchdog to oversee intelligence agencies – a new tranche of members bills are set to go before Parliament.
Four members’ bills have been drawn from the ballot which decides which bills are considered by Parliament. Read more »
Greenpeace are hysterically anti-human. With ex Green Taliban leader Russel Norman taking up their cause in New Zealand, I can feel a rich vein of sarcastic exposes rushing towards us as he leads his organisation from media stunt to media stunt.
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Former Green Party co-leader Russel Norman will resign as an MP and from the Green Party to head Greenpeace New Zealand.
Dr Norman, who stepped down from the co-leader position in May and was replaced by James Shaw, will leave Parliament next month.
In November he will become Greenpeace New Zealand’s executive director, taking over from Bunny McDiarmid, who has been in the role for 10 years.
I have no respect for Russel Norman as a politician. He’s an activist and saboteur that has taken protests and economic sabotage to parliament and felt this was a constructive way to build a greener New Zealand. His departure is no loss to the Greens. Read more »
A New Zealand man has been named on an Islamic State (IS) “kill list”, leaked by hackers overnight.
The group, who call themselves the Islamic State Hacking Division, released personal information of hundreds of members of the military and government – mostly from the United States.
The information says the man in question lives in Auckland, but his father says that is incorrect.
He says his son currently lives overseas and was shocked to see his name on the list.
“Yes I am [worried]… more so for the fact that he’s got absolutely no connection to the military.” Read more »
Russel Norman signs off … as Green Party co-leader after nine years.
“It feels good,” the MP said ahead of the vote to replace him at the party’s AGM [today].
“I’m pleased I’ve made the change. I’m pretty happy with what I’ve done but I’m also happy with moving on as co-leader.”
He will begin a new chapter next week when he takes his place among the back seats of Parliament’s debating chamber.
“I’ve never been a backbencher before,” he said, relishing the opportunity to focus on a narrower range of responsibilities.
His new portfolios will be determined under the new co-leader – likely to be either Kevin Hague or James Shaw – but he says he wants to maintain his deep interest in climate change and green economics.
He plans to spend more time with his young family and has a long reading list he hopes to get into now that his workload is quieter. Read more »
Michelle Obama would get about US$45 on the ISIS slave market, says Dabiq
The latest issue of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) propaganda magazine Dabiq promises that ISIS will bring its slave market to the West, but doubts that an enslaved First Lady Michelle Obama would fetch much.