Climate change in New Zealand

New Zealand proposes taxing cow burps, angering farmers

New Zealand's government yesterday proposed taxing the greenhouse gasses that farm animals make from burping and peeing as part of a plan to tackle climate change.

The government said the farm levy would be a world first, and that farmers should be able to recoup the cost by charging more for climate-friendly products.

Paris Environmental Agreement Enters Into Force

The Paris Environmental Agreement entered into force officially on Friday, reported Reuters, cited by BTA.

This will put pressure on nearly 200 countries to start reducing greenhouse gases emissions.

The agreement is aimed at keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.