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Friendlier skies: a win-win solution to reduce aviation CO2 emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft are projected to triple between now and mid-century, even if substantial technology and operational improvements are implemented to make flying more energy efficient. Absent policy constraints, this explosive growth rate...

Population growth pushes up house prices but the share of migrants doesn't

There has been widespread recent concern that strong increases in immigration flows have caused a housing crisis in New Zealand.“We know that between 1986 and 2013, the number of foreign-born New Zealand residents more than...

Coverage of housing prices and migration paper

Population growth pushes up house prices but the share of migrants doesn't, our media release about the new research from Dean Hyslop, Trinh Le, Dave Maré and Steve Stillman was picked up by the following...

Why GDP is no longer the most effective measure of economic success

As a macroeconomic indicator, GDP fails to capture much of the value created in the modern world. New metrics promise to track everything from happiness to natural capital. Motu's Arthur Grimes talks about happiness and...

Lowering emissions without breaking the bank

India’s economy is booming, driving up electric power consumption to unprecedented levels. The nation’s installed electricity capacity, which increased fivefold in the past three decades, is expected to triple over the next 20 years. At...

Do people move to places that are better for business or better for fun?

A new study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research for the Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities National Science Challenge uses a deep-dive analysis of census rent and wage data to look at whether...

A first step to pricing agricultural emissions

Catherine Leining explains why pricing agricultural emissions can begin sooner at the processor level, before transitioning to the farm level here at Newsroom.

Controlling emissions under rapid economic growth

How South Korea can meet its Paris climate pledge at low costSouth Korea’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement on climate centers on a pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 37...

The race to carbon zero

Governments around the world are trying to tackle climate change, what Jacinda Ardern has called her generation’s nuclear-free moment. But do New Zealand’s plans live up to the hype, and what are the stakes at...

Emissions across the economy – Expert Reaction

Our Lynn Riggs comments to the Science Media Centre about the release of Stats NZ's latest environmental-economic accounts report which sums up the changes to greenhouse gas emissions across industry and households between 2007-2017.Emissions from industry...