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Why do New Zealanders Care about Agricultural Emissions?

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  • McDonald, Hugh
  • Kerr, Suzi

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The question of how to effectively address agricultural greenhouse gas emissions is of critical importance for New Zealand and the world. Ensuring that our responses are effective requires us to first consider what we aim to achieve: why do we care about agricultural emissions? This paper responds to this fundamental inquiry, and argues that New Zealanders‟ diverse individual motivations can be grouped under three headings: one, concern about the direct impacts of climate change on New Zealand and the world; two, pressure from others based on their concern about climate change; three, complementary goals. This framework is useful in setting out how our underlying motivations should shape our responses, and highlights the importance of choosing responses that will be robust to future uncertainties.

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Paper provided by New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its series 2011 Conference, August 25-26, 2011, Nelson, New Zealand with number 115507.

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Handle: RePEc:ags:nzar11:115507

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Keywords: Environmental Economics and Policy; Land Economics/Use;

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  1. Adolf Stroombergen, 2010. "The International Effects of Climate Change on Agricultural Commodity Prices, and the Wider Effects on New Zealand," Working Papers 10_14, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.
  2. Suzi Kerr & Wei Zhang, 2009. "Allocation of New Zealand Units within Agriculture in the New Zealand Emissions Trading System," Working Papers 09_16, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.
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