The Carbon Challenge

The Carbon Challenge

New Zealand's Emissions Trading Scheme

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New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme favour big farming and industrial emitters over households and small businesses, argue academics Geoff Bertram and Simon Terry.

In a plain language guide that demystifies the complex world of emissions trading, they contend that New Zealand has a wealth of options for cutting emissions more equitably – but courageous political leadership is needed.

Part of Series 21: into a new century.

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Table of contents

1. Introduction
2. Troubling Vital Statistics
3. How Did We Get Into This Mess?
4. Casting Illusions – Anatomy of the ETS
5. Much Ado About Very Little
6. ‘Let Them Eat Carbon’
7. Little Red Inconvertible
8. Agricultural Protection Money
9. The Coming Carbon Crunch – Beyond 2012
10. Where to Now?
Appendix: Government Gifting of NZUs

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2018
Pages: 224
RRP: $39.99
ISBN: 9781877242465
ISTC: A022012000021349
DOI: 10.7810/9781877242465

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Read Tim Hazledine's review in New Zealand Books.

'Their searing critique of the myths around the inability to do anything about agricultural emissions ... should make this book a ‘must read’ internationally.' Professor Michael Grubb, Chair, Climate Strategies, Cambridge University

'A plain language guide to government’s ineffectual efforts to curb carbon emissions. Essential reading for all New Zealanders – and especially our children, who will suffer the consequences of continued inaction.' Professor Peter Barrett, Victoria University of Wellington