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Councils unsure where to start on climate threat - scientist

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Councils are struggling with planning for future sea level rise - and their biggest hurdle seems to simply be deciding where to start.That's according to a top Niwa scientist, now holding nationwide workshops with several other...

Ethical traveller: The tide is turning against plastic

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

How to see the world without leaving a footprint. Meet the Dolpo-pa A remote outpost of the Himalayas which missed out on the adventure travel boom will have the chance to try its hand at tourism from November when a Scottish...

Northland kauri tracks on DOC's proposed no-go list

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

In a major new move, DOC is proposing a mass closure of high-maintenance, high-risk and low-visitor tracks in kauri growing regions, including Northland.The Department of Conservation (DOC) wants submissions on a proposal to close...

Local Focus: Meet Matua X-Man 'guardian of the environment' in Waikato and Waipa

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Children across the Waikato District know Paul Murray as Matua X-Man, the 'rubbish man' from Xtreme Zero Waste.Now children in the Waipa District can benefit from his environmental lessons too. Matua X-Man has spent two weeks...

Local Focus: Exclusive five-star hotel for wētā in Manawatu/Whanganui

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Nestled in the heart of the Tōtara Reserve in the Pohangina Valley is an unlikely five-star hotel.But this hotel's rooms aren't for human guests - they're for wētā. It's part of a project by Horizons Regional Council...

Soap from a Dunedin hotel is helping keep Ghana clean

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Unused soap from a hotel in Dunedin has ended up in Ghana as part of a global Soap Aid scheme.Scenic Hotel Group has so far sent a pallet load of soap to a recyclers in Australia for the not-for-profit organisation, Soap Aid.Scenic...

Kelp's 20,000km Antarctic journey: our last wilderness isn't so remote after all

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Antarctica might seem an icy wilderness cut off from the human world and its pollution - but a remarkable new discovery shows the frozen continent is not as isolated as we might think.Scientists have been astonished to observe how...

Researchers air criticisms of NZ's 2050 pest wipe-out mission

Monday, July 16, 2018

Two conservation researchers have criticised New Zealand's mission to clear the country of rats, stoats and possums by 2050, calling current policy "badly designed and unachievable".But the alternative they've proposed has itself...

Whanganui workshop on food without plastic

Monday, July 16, 2018

Rachel Rose is never going to buy sushi in a plastic container again.It's one of the ways she'll stop contributing toward plastic waste. She gave a workshop titled Freeing Food from Plastic on July 11, and gives another one at 3pm...

Poll: Few Kiwis think world will overcome climate challenge

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kiwis overwhelmingly think New Zealand should take action on climate change even if other nations don't - and few believe humanity will do what's needed to escape the worst impacts.That's been indicated by a new survey one leading...

Our lost giant: reconstructing the fearsome Haast's eagle

Sunday, July 15, 2018

With a wingspan reaching as wide as 3m and huge claws that could crush bone, the Haast's eagle was one of the most fearsome creatures ever to stalk New Zealand's prehistoric wilderness.The largest eagle known to have existed anywhere,...

Erosion sends Captain Cook memorial toppling into sea in Coromandel

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A Coromandel monument marking the visit of Captain Cook to New Zealand has fallen into the sea, highlighting the area's problems with erosion, a local says.Captain Cook visited the area in Mercury Bay, in November 1769, anchoring...

Nine years ago: NZ's forgotten magnitude 7.8 monster quake struck Fiordland

Sunday, July 15, 2018

It was the biggest New Zealand quake in nearly a century, beginning with a seismic lurch, then exploding with an energy-packed snap.But the 7.8 magnitude Fiordland Earthquake, which erupted nine years ago today in the remote and...

Waverley couple fined for waste discharge into stream

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The directors of a farm near Waverley have been fined $54,000 after dairy effluent flowed over a bank and affected a stream for 2.2km.Kevin and Diane Goble pleaded guilty to two charges under the Resource Management Act in the Environment...

School holidays: Plastic-free - it's possible

Saturday, July 14, 2018

If you're heading to Auckland Zoo this school holidays, take your own water bottle - because you won't find single-use ones to buy - and check out their new recyling efforts - all in time for Plastic Free July.After eliminating...

Barry Soper: Not hard to be cynical about recycling

Friday, July 13, 2018

It's hard not to be cynical about recycling rubbish in this country. Do we truly believe that when we chuck stuff in "recycling" bins that it goes into a plant and it's morphed into something else?From personal experience that's...

Local Focus: American scientist researches the origins of life in Rotorua

Thursday, July 12, 2018

It's a case of weird and wonderful science - using hot springs to find the origins of life.Leading American scientist Dr Bruce Damer is at Rotorua's Hell's Gate conducting research trials aiming to answer the age old question, how...

What does 'biodegradable' plastic really mean? Commissioner for Environment Simon Upton wants clarity

Thursday, July 12, 2018

New Zealand's environment watchdog has asked the Government to clear up confusion surrounding biodegradable and compostable plastics touted to be cleaner and greener.Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton's call...

60 leading Kiwi CEOs commit to climate action

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Bosses of 60 companies that make up nearly half of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions have pledged to take a fresh stand on climate change.The newly formed Climate Leaders Coalition brings together a range of heavyweight business...

Endangered skinks rehomed at Auckland Zoo after Cyclone Fehi

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Work is underway to save one of New Zealand's rarest skinks by housing 50 of them at Auckland Zoo until a safe habitat can be created for them.In 2017 there were estimated to be only 200 of the endangered Chesterfield skinks left...

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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