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The Future Is Now

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Sir Peter Gluckman, top science advisor in the previous government, has (with colleagues) prepared two ‘must read’ papers for anyone seriously interested in ‘what next?’ for New Zealand. And there are more to come. His papers reinforce the reality that…

Tom Belford01 June 2020

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For Ocean Addicts

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Writing on a very wet day! The World Economic Forum in Switzerland is offering an  impressive series of webcasts over the coming week (M-F CEST, Geneva time) on the state of our oceans, featuring dozens of global experts on every…

Tom Belford01 June 2020

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Gov't announces murky 'Action for Healthy Waterways'

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The Government announced its anxiously-awaited freshwater policy decisions this week, under the rubric ‘Action for Healthy Waterways’, with interest groups across the spectrum fairly muted in both their praise and criticism. For example, Fish & Game called the reforms a…

Tom Belford29 May 2020

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Meryl Streep presents TANK Plan

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Mary-Anne Baker, the Meryl Streep of the Regional Council’s planners, has created a terrific video presenting the TANK Plan, now out for public consultation. The TANK Plan is all about water. If you live in the Hastings District or Napier…

Tom Belford27 May 2020

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Covid interrupts CO2 emissions

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As reported in Nature Climate Change, scientists estimate that CO2 emissions declined 17% in April globally (relative to the mean level for 2019) as a result of Covid-required lockdowns. The main reduction (50%) came from a decrease in transportation-related emissions.…

Tom Belford20 May 2020

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HB tourism strategy: Stay Home!

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Our region’s (and nation’s) new tourism strategy is proudly … see us first. But isn’t that a bit of a shell game? In the case of Hawke’s Bay Tourism, strategists are targeting Wellington in an attempt to seduce away the…

Tom Belford20 May 2020

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Visit this farm Minister O'Connor

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Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor is shuttling around Hawke’s Bay this week to look firsthand at the region’s worst farming situations. And of course the farming community should appreciate the $500,000 that he brought up from Wellington to drop into the…

Tom Belford20 May 2020

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The Budget - Day 1 of Recovery

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Perhaps we should treat Thursday’s Budget release as the official Day 1 of New Zealand’s coronavirus recovery … a day happily coinciding with the third day of no new cases of the virus. The Budget – $50 billion of new…

Tom Belford15 May 2020

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Too hot to survive

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Any number of commentators have noted that coronavirus is just a ‘warm-up’ — no pun intended — for the dangerous and deadly health, social and economic impacts of global warming. Just take the heat itself. New research reported in Science…

Tom Belford12 May 2020

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Pork chops versus people

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If you need a reminder of how lucky you are to live in New Zealand, just read this article in today’s NY Times, titled:  Pork Chops vs People: Battling Coronavirus in an Iowa Meat Plant. This tells you everything you…

Tom Belford11 May 2020

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CHB's Nitrate Bomb

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You’ve heard the Neutron Bomb, the one that would radiate the enemy to death without damaging their more valuable buildings and infrastructure. Well, meet the Nitrate Bomb. It’s silently exploded in Central Hawke’s Bay, but only kills critters living in…

Tom Belford08 May 2020

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Crucial water plan for HB notified

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A plan that will positively transform water management across the Heretaunga Plains, affecting residents of the Hastings and Napier districts, was finally notified today (May 1st) for public submissions. I stress ‘finally’ because this Plan has languished in the HBRC’s Regional…

Tom Belford01 May 2020

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How valuable is our post-Covid environment?

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Most of us like to ‘have our cake and eat it too’. This is especially true of politicians, who abhor having to make tough trade-offs, which of course is what we elect them to do. The economy versus environment ‘trade-off’…

Tom Belford30 April 2020

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Earth Day at 50

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Today is Earth Day around the planet, and I’m desperate for something ‘green’ to celebrate. From the Earth’s standpoint, the only ‘good’ news is that, ironically, the coronavirus has kneecapped the global economy so severely that humankind’s impact on the…

Tom Belford22 April 2020

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Can coronavirus kill the parochialvirus?

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As Hawke’s Bay begins to consider economic recovery, high on most public officials’ ‘to do’ lists is investment in regional infrastructure. Our regional has had three significant transport-related projects underway pre-Covid — the new wharf for Napier Post,  the Napier-Wairoa…

Tom Belford20 April 2020

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Health Care Delivery on Life Support

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Editor’s Note: This article was written in mid-February, when the coronavirus was ‘merely’ a gathering storm. Today it might seem unduly critical at a time when our Hawke’s Bay health care workers are doing a herculean job of preparing for…

Tom Belford05 April 2020

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It’s Trump’s election to lose

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Most of my professional life in the US was spent in and around national politics, at one point working in the White House, but mostly strategising and raising money for advocacy groups seeking to influence public policy.  So, from that…

Tom Belford01 April 2020

Your Health and Climate Change

Health

For most of us the equation is pretty simple: too much heat = too much sun = sunburn … or worse, skin cancer or heat stroke, both possibly fatal. So, we take the practical step of protecting ourselves from too…

Tom Belford01 February 2020

FROM THE EDITOR BB50

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I am very curious to see what kind of reader reaction we get to this edition of BayBuzz.  We’re offering some content that is likely to stir folks up and maybe elevate some blood pressure. But then, that’s what BayBuzz…

Tom Belford01 December 2019

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