The 1point5 project

Safe, healthy, decarbonised and accessible to all How much do New Zealand’s carbon emissions need to drop? How quickly? And what’s the best way? These are the questions being tackled by the 1point5 project. We’ve mentioned this project twice in Weekly Roundup posts: its founder, Paul Winton, ran a webinar last week, hosted by the Association of Consulting and Engineering, and was interviewed by Vincent Heeringa for a podcast a few weeks ago, on This Climate Business. Paul Winton has a PhD in engineering, is a former McKinsey consultant and is founder of Temple Capital Investment Specialists.…
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The Tourism Taskforce

Leading image: Anchorage, Abel Tasman National Park This is a post by Paul Callister and Heidi O’Callahan Tourism in New Zealand has suffered under Covid 19. As the Queenstown mayor says: We must diversify our economy. We must also consider the negative side of global tourism and the concern for the effects of mass tourism on our communities and our environment.…
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The Great Upskilling

Auckland will face some new transport challenges during Alert Levels 2 and 3. The space required for physical distancing when walking and cycling will conflict with higher traffic volumes when more people start driving. Cities overseas have shown how to respond to these sorts of conditions, including Bogota way back in mid March.…
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Better long distance coaches – design, regulation and community public health

This is a post by Paul Callister and Heidi O’Callahan “Handwashing is the best way to keep yourself and others safe during your travels. Wash and dry your hands carefully after touching public surfaces, and before and after eating.” This was good advice from InterCity to its passengers, to minimise the risks from Covid 19, before its services were halted as part of Alert Level 4.…
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Night Train

This post is by Paul Callister and Heidi O’Callahan In rail’s heyday, holiday times were hectic. On Christmas Eve in 1938, 16 express trains (including eight bound for Auckland) swept more than 11,000 travellers out of Wellington in a single day. …
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