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Legal bid fails to halt 1080 poison drop in Auckland's Hunua Ranges

Friday, September 21, 2018

A legal bid to prevent Auckland Council dropping 1080 poison in the Hunua Ranges has failed.The council said today, after the Environment Court decision was made public, that it would get on with the aerial poison drop soon."We...

Not just a doctor: Cresswell's life remembered

Friday, September 21, 2018

Dr Chris Cresswell was deeply loved by many in Whanganui. Around 1000 people gathered at Moutoa Gardens to farewell Cresswell on Saturday January 7, 2017 and speakers repeatedly talked of Cresswell as a man of love, peace and unity....

Scotland: Skye locals' sentiment stacks up against Fairy Glen tourist stone pile cairns

Friday, September 21, 2018

Tourists visiting beauty spots in the Scottish Highlands are putting them at risk of erosion by building rock formations for Instagram snaps, conservationists have said.Stacked pyramids of stones have appeared on Unesco-listed beaches...

Hydrogen-powered Coradia iLint train rolls through Germany in world first

Friday, September 21, 2018

Germany has rolled out the world's first hydrogen-powered train signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel locomotives.Hydrogen fuel cells are more co-friendly technology, creating electricity to power...

Northlanders unite for Keep NZ Beautiful Clean Up Day

Monday, September 17, 2018

Last week was Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week and as part of the event communities across the country spent Saturday cleaning up their communities for Clean Up Day.A number of communities in Northland took part. A clean up and commemorative...

Plastic waste:40 per cent of sea turtle hatchlings killed by pollution

Monday, September 17, 2018

Plastic is killing 40 per cent of young sea turtles, shocking new research has shown.Baby turtles are almost four times more likely to be killed by ingesting plastic waste compared to adults, revealed the Daily Mail .Not only...

Waiheke Island set to become predator-free by 2025 at a cost of $11m

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Waiheke Island is set to become the world's largest predator-free urban island under a bold new $11 million plan to rid the Hauraki Gulf Island of rats and stoats.Millions of passengers visit the Auckland tourist destination each...

Police arrest anti-mining protesters at Karangahake Gorge prospecting site

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Five members of a protest against gold mining in the Karangahake Gorge area have been arrested and charged with trespassing.Holly Dove, of the Protect Karangahake group, said the protesters had removed their tents and ended their...

Feline faithful fight Auckland Council's cat euthanasia plan

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A feisty band of feline devotees will meet Auckland Council on Monday in a last-ditch effort to keep domestic cats exempt from the city's harsh new pest management strategy.The council meeting with the SPCA and several other cat...

Plastic in Earth's crust will mark our place in history, says scientist

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The world may be entering the "plastic age", a leading academic has warned.Professor Dan Parsons, a geologist, said that plastic waste is now so widespread that it will create a new layer in the Earth's crust.Many scientists already...

Fungi may solve plastic problem

Friday, September 14, 2018

Mushrooms could be the key to winning the battle against plastic waste, leading scientists at Kew Gardens have said.The first report on the state of the world's fungi has revealed that if the natural properties of fungus can be...

Did you know?

The Great Barrier Reef, found in the Coral Sea off the north-east coast of Australia, is one of the world's largest protected marine reserves. As the state icon of Queensland, this reef shines as the largest structure built by tiny and amazing Coral Polyps.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space, and since be awarded a 'World Heritage Site' listing in 1981, tourism surrounding the reef has generated upwards of $1 Billion a year.

Composed of 2,999 unique reefs, and 900 islands spread over 2,600 Kilometers, a countless amount of wildlife call the reef home.

Some threats to the reef are over-fishing, coral bleaching, and outbreaks of Crown of thorns starfish. Climate change is also a formidable cause for concern.

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