CAN Collectibles: New Zealand!

24 May 2012

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National term of endearment/greeting:


Annual alcohol consumption:

9.6 litres per person per year

Annual cheese consumption:

5.7 kilograms per person per year

Best things about New Zealand:

Beautiful environment – some of it still unspoiled. Maori Culture. Wine

Worst things about New Zealand:

Wanting to be Australia. Addiction to cars. Pathological need to spoil the unspoiled bits

Things you didn't know:

New Zealand isn't all clean and green. New Zealand is the first country in the world to catalogue its entire known living and fossil history from 530 million years ago to today

Existing unconditional pledge on the table:

It's all conditional, which means the unconditional pledge is to do nothing

Existing conditional pledge (upper end):

10-20% reduction in net emissions below 1990 gross emissions levels by 2020

Next step to increase ambition by COP18:

This year: Submit a meaningful QELRO that would require a 40% reduction by 2020; produce a low carbon development plan; tell us when gross emissions will peak; listen to the voices of progressive business leaders and agricultural scientists who can help us get there, rather than the usual head-in-the-sand lobby groups; and get a new attitude.


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