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Cows up, sheep down

Statistics New Zealand’s just released its figures for New Zealand’s agricultural production to June 2009. The overall message? Dairy cows are up 5% to almost 6 million, with a particularly big increase in the South Island.  On the other hand, sheep are down 5% to a little over 32 million: half their peak 1982 level of 70.3 million, and now at levels last seen in 1948. Happily for wine lovers, we’re also increasing the amount […]

GRA inaugural meeting shows strong will to succeed

This week marks the inaugural meeting of the Global Research Alliance (GRA). For those of you not familiar with it, it’s probably one of the best things to come out of last year’s largely-failed Copenhagen talks.  The idea had first budded in late 2008, but was officially launched Dec last year.  And, proudly, it’s an initiative suggested and spearheaded by New Zealand.  Comprised of some 28 countries (including all the largest emitters) and some observing […]