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Government starts down pathway to net zero emissions by 2050

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A new climate-change law next year will bind Governments to carbon targets and set it down a path to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 - though agriculture looks set for a free ride until at least mid-2019.And Greenpeace...



Gene-editing: how it could be used in NZ

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Kiwis are being urged to have their say on gene-editing technologies, as our leading body for science today sets out how they could be used to combat pests or replace faulty genes.Gene editing has been at the centre of a fast-moving...



Prime Minister announces formulation of Zero Carbon Act, climate change commission

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Government will start public consultation in May 2018 to lay the groundwork for a Zero Carbon Act and establish an independent climate change commission.And it will set up an Interim Climate Change Committee to do groundwork...



NZ joins 'strong' international disapproval of Japanese whaling

Monday, December 18, 2017

New Zealand has joined other countries in calling for an end to Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean.In a written statement released today , the New Zealand Government and other countries reiterate their opposition to Japan's...



The multi-million dollar job of maintaining the red zone in Christchurch

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Government has spent $3.4 million on maintenance, security and rates for red zoned land in the last year.Figures released to the Star show in the 2016/17 financial year, Land Information New Zealand had spent $1.1 million...



Wingspan to build new conservation centre in partnership with Ngati Whakaue

Monday, December 18, 2017

A unique initiative between Ngati Whakaue and Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust will construct a new conservation centre on iwi land in Rotorua. Wingspan director Debbie Stewart said one of the main reasons for the move was so the organisation...



Scientists collect sample from deep in Kermadec Trench

Monday, December 18, 2017

Scientists have probed the depths of the Kermadec Trench - plunging more than 45 times the length of Auckland's Sky Tower - to retrieve what's believed to be the deepest ever ocean sediment sample collected by a special coring instrument.The...



LGNZ: More cash needed to meet tourist influx

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A $15m boost to help communities deal with booming tourist numbers is welcome, but more sustainable funding is needed to meet the influx, a councils lobby group says.Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis last week announced a new $14.9...



Jim Salinger: Grim climate outlook demands action now

Sunday, December 17, 2017

As the main long-living atmospheric greenhouse gas carbon dioxide continues climbing, research shows that climate model projections have been running too cold. Research announced this month in Nature by Pat Brown and Ken Caldeira...



Kauri-killer may have been here for centuries

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The unstoppable kauri-killing disease that's forced iwi to declare a rahui across the Waitakere Ranges may have been lurking in our wilderness for centuries, scientists say.A new study led by Bio-Protection Research Centre researchers...



Plant and Food Research develops new weapon against most feared pests

Sunday, December 17, 2017

New Zealand scientists have found a new hope against a tide of invasive pests threatening to invade our borders, with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.Bioprotection scientists have begun a trial targeting some of our most...



Global honour for Hawke's Bay Longworth Education forest school

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A family that has shown kids the joy of learning in the environment, and shared the value with thousands of teachers, has made a list of the world's most innovative educators.Long-time teachers Linda and Bruce Cheer and their daughter...



Make your Xmas sparkle - just without the glitter

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Dr Trisia Farrelly doesn't want to be the glitter Grinch.But the Massey University environmental anthropologist says we should think of the environment this Christmas, and do away with those trillions of tiny, shiny flecks we litter...



Climate change: NZ lacks co-ordinated plan

Friday, December 15, 2017

A Government-commissioned report has acknowledged New Zealand doesn't have a co-ordinated plan to deal with future climate change, which threatens to damage hundreds of billions of dollars of property and infrastructure.The Climate...



NZ's glaciers have shrunk by a third in area

Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Zealand's glaciers have shrunk in area by one third since over the past four decades - an astonishing loss scientists have partly attributed to climate change.The new figures, just presented to an international conference, come...



Macron: We're losing climate battle

Thursday, December 14, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a bleak assessment on the global fight against climate change to dozens of world leaders and company executives yesterday, telling them: "We are losing the battle.""We're not moving quickly...



Grant McLachlan - Environmental watchdog sorely needed

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Inconsistent council approach sending mixed messages to developers and communities.There's something in the water at Auckland Council's planning department and it stinks. The council is meant to be a unitary territorial authority...



Pregnant sea lion makes Dunedin's St Kilda her home

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The mother of a sea lion pup that was found dead last year has been spotted hiding in a bush in the Dunedin suburb of St Kilda - pregnant with her fourth pupJoy, the female sea lion, is pregnant and expected to give birth in late...



Mountain bike and monster scooters adventure park opens in Whangarei

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A mountain bike and monster scooters adventure park opens in Northland soon.Set on a 57-hectare property on the outskirts of Whangarei's harbourside suburb of Onerahi, HeadsUp Adventures features custom-designed tracks which navigate...



Warning sounds for NZ's charismatic kea

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

New Zealand's charismatic kea - and 2017's Bird of the Year - has just been reclassified to "endangered" by global conservation group BirdLife International.The alpine parrot was upgraded from "vulnerable" to "endangered" in BirdLife...







Did you know?

Fishy Facts...

Today, there are over 3 million vessels fishing our oceans.

Some of the biggest ships called "Supertrawlers" can be the length of a football field and fit 12 planes onto their deck.

The "Supertrawler" catches 10 tons of fish per hour!!!

The Global Fisheries industry is spending more time, money, and effort on the ocean, and fishing harder than ever before...

This is seriously threatening entire populations of fish that have roamed the earth for hundreds of millions of years.

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