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Pacific's plastic wasteland three times the size of France

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, 16 times more than previous estimates, experts have warned.A three-year mapping project led by the the Ocean Cleanup Foundation, which is based in Holland,...

New disease strain unleashed against rabbits

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A new strain of the rabbit-killing calicivirus disease will be introduced into selected Bay of Plenty locations next month.Regional council biosecurity manager Greg Corbett said four releases were planned for the Bay and the council...

Charities board denies Greenpeace charity status

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Greenpeace has been declined charity status - and the tax-free benefits that go with that.The independent Charities Registration Board says the organisation does not exclusively advance charitable purposes, bur rather promotes its...

Q&A: What the Dutch can teach NZ about sea-level rise

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

How will the low-lying Netherlands protect against itself against sea-level rise - and what can New Zealand learn as it prepares for a potentially extreme future under climate change? Science reporter Jamie Morton asked Adrienne...

What dolphin teeth can tell us about ocean pollution

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Crucial clues about the contamination of our coasts could be found - of all places - inside the teeth of bottlenose dolphins.Metal contaminants in marine environments are a particular health risk for humans and other animals as...

Tourism making Thai islands 'unbearable'

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Thai government is planning to adopt drastic measures against increasing environmental damage caused by tourism on three popular islands in southern Thailand.Starting in July, the government will ban fishing, fish feeding, anchoring...

Antipodes Islands finally declared mice-free

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A remote and windswept biodiversity hot-spot in New Zealand's subantarctic islands has been formally declared mouse-free, after one of the most sophisticated pest eradication projects in the world.The Antipodes Islands, about 760km...

PM's oil and gas remarks will have 'chilling effect' - MP

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's remarks that the Government is considering an end to oil and gas exploration will have a "chilling effect" on what is a multibillion-dollar industry, New Plymouth's MP says.And while a Taranaki business...

Dr Margaret Stanley: Let's keep Auckland green

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Auckland Council is currently consulting on their budget for the next 10 years.If I put this in a personal context, my youngest child, currently 8 years old, will finish both primary school and high school during that period.What...

Dolphin deaths prompt order to fast-track protection plan

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

By-catch deaths of five Hector's dolphins in fishing nets off the Canterbury coast has prompted an order to fast-track work on a new protection plan for the nationally endangered species.The five dolpins were trapped in a commercial...

Local Focus: Katikati Kindergarten achieves top environmental status

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Katikati Kindergarten has become the first school in the Bay of Plenty to be awarded the prestigious Enviroschools 'beyond Green-Gold' status, recognising its commitment to the environment.It's a feat almost a decade in the making...

Incredible whale footage captured in Antarctica

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Scientists have captured spectacular underwater footage of whales roaming beneath Antarctica's sea ice."I'm such an excited scientist right now," said University of Canterbury marine mammal expert Dr Regina Eisert, whose team filmed...

White Island's crater lake is back

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

White Island's Crater Lake is back - and scientists say it could be thanks to an extra helping of rainfall from recent cyclones.A GeoNet monitoring team visited the offshore Bay of Plenty volcano last week to find its famous sulphur-green,...

Kiwi science could help world curb ag emissions

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Kiwi-led research has led the world a step closer to tackling what's been a headache for New Zealand and other nations: developing low-emission sheep and cattle.Today, major scientific journal Nature Biotechnology published new...

Jacinda Ardern says she needs more time to consider oil exploration ban

Monday, March 19, 2018

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has asked for a "bit more time" before announcing whether oil and gas exploration in New Zealand will end.In a surprise appearance, Ardern accepted a Greenpeace petition signed by more than 45,000 people...

'Ambitious' cleanup for Hawke's Bay freshwater: majority of rivers and lakes 'swimmable' by 2030

Monday, March 19, 2018

By 2030 the majority of Hawke's Bay's rivers and lakes will be "swimmable", the Hawke's Bay Regional Council hopes. The council's corporate and strategic committee last week agreed on a recommendation to adopt draft targets making...

Nine entrants, five finalists in Ballance Farm Environment Awards, Tararua dairy farm wins

Monday, March 19, 2018

A dairy farm milking 720 Friesian/Jersey cross cows once a day has been named the supreme winner in this year's Ballance Farm Environment Awards.It's Andrew Hardie and Helen Long's Te Maunga Farm, 428ha east of Dannevirke. The two...

Trubridge designers: Sustainability good for both the planet and business

Saturday, March 17, 2018

It would be disingenuous for those at David Trubridge Design to say the company's sustainable practices were solely about helping the planet - they make business sense too.David Trubridge Design general manager Josh Lynch said sustainability...

Did you know?

The Amazon river basin and surrounding rain forest encompasses more than 1/3 of the entire world's wildlife.

The enormous tropical forest and 2nd longest river on the planet cover an area exceeding 5,400,000 km2!!

The Amazon's rain forest has the richest biodiversity, while the river system is home to over 2,100 fish species...with more being discovered every year!

Illegal gold mining and deforestation are two destructive practices threatening the Amazon. This vast area is home to numerous native communities that rely on their surrounding environment to survive.

A true wonder of the world, the Amazon rain forest and river basin require protection, restoration, and conservation action in order to withstand aggressive human exploitation.

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