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Horizons issues abatement notice on firefighting foam, Defence Force mulls response
The New Zealand Defence Force has been asked to stop contaminating land surrounding Ohakea Air Base with chemicals from firefighting foam - and it says it has already done so.On June 13 the Horizons Regional Council sent the Defence...
06/18/2018 02:00 AM
South Africa: How seeing rhinos may help save them
We'd been driving for close to three hours. The sun was setting in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, casting the bush in a gray and orange haze, our eyes working harder to adjust to the darkness. Soon we'd have to give up...
06/17/2018 09:06 PM
Mike Hosking: The Greens are trying to kill the West Coast
I have much sympathy for the West Coast who yet again have been made the victims of their surroundings. No mining allowed. The call from the Government was not surprising - but it was nevertheless wrong. No, mining is not everyone's...
06/17/2018 08:04 PM
Business uncertainty shared by agriculture community: ANZ
Dairy farmers are relieved to be back in the black after a long, tough time but uncertainty in the wider business sector is also felt in the agriculture community, says the country's biggest rural lender ANZ Bank.Managing director,...
06/17/2018 02:39 AM
Coral reefs growing slower than sea-level rise
Many coral reefs will be unable to keep growing fast enough to keep up with rising sea levels, posing another potential problem for low-lying tropical islands under climate change.That's according to a new study by an international...
06/17/2018 01:18 AM
What early Māori can teach us about NZ's paradise lost
When Māori arrived on New Zealand's shores 800 years ago, it marked the end to millions of years of peaceful isolation in which our human- and pest-free environment had thrived.But even at the dawn of settlement here - centuries...
06/16/2018 11:39 PM
Birds, bugs and plants: 1 Coal mine: 0
Preserving the natural environment of the great spotted kiwi, land snails and lizards was central to the decision to decline an application to mine coal on the West Coast.The application for a 12-hectare mine near Te Kuha in the...
06/16/2018 02:34 AM
Auckland mayor Phil Goff denies knowing who leaked stadium report
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says he has no idea who is the source of a leak from inside his own council. It follows growing discontent among some councillors about Goff's handling of a pre-feasibility report into a downtown stadium.A...
06/15/2018 11:03 PM
Fisheries all at sea with climate change
Fish don't follow international boundaries or understand economic trade agreements. Different species live in regions all over the globe. If that wasn't complicated enough, they also migrate as they age."It's like trying to raise...
06/15/2018 05:00 PM
Phil Seddon: Predator Free NZ is just half the story
In an excellent analysis of Predator Free 2050, in the June 2 edition of the New Zealand Herald , entitled, "Can New Zealand kill every rat, possum and stoat?", Herald science reporter Jamie Morton tackled the many questions...
06/15/2018 04:20 AM
Rare sea snake spotted in Tauranga waters
A rare sighting of a highly venomous and endangered sea creature in Tauranga waters has stunned marine experts.A sea krait spotted by people working on a boat in the Tauranga Bridge Marina on Sunday. At first glance, the creature...
06/15/2018 04:00 AM
Biofuel partly powers Cathay Pacific flight from Airbus
When a brand new Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000 flies from France to Hong Kong on Wednesday it will be partly powered by biofuel.The 334-seat plane will have a 10 per cent blend of biofuel next to traditional jet fuel in its tanks...
06/15/2018 12:53 AM
Calls for public re-notification of Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers Water Conservation Order application
The special tribunal considering the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers Water Conservation Order (WCO) is to consider whether or not to seek wider public input into the issue, given the new science available on the hydraulic connections between...
06/14/2018 06:36 PM
Brian Fallow: Carbon cuts we can bank on
The Government has begun the process of public consultation on the most important legislation to come before Parliament in this term: the Zero Carbon Bill.In many ways it is akin to the Reserve Bank Act, which established a durable...
06/14/2018 05:00 PM
QEII Trust mulling legal action against Auckland Council over rates discount row
The QEII National Trust is mulling legal action against Auckland Council over a decision to scrap the rates discounts its members long received.QEII open space covenants are created when landowners voluntarily enter into a binding...
06/14/2018 05:01 AM
Thousands of RMA breaches - many fewer prosecutions
Fewer than a hundred prosecutions are being carried out under New Zealand's main environmental law each year, despite thousands of breaches.Now a legal researcher is investigating whether the 27-year-old Resource Management Act...
06/14/2018 03:42 AM
Ocean waves in Antarctica can trigger ice shelf collapse
Storm-driven ocean swells have been driving a catastrophic disintegration of Antarctic ice shelves over recent decades, by delivering fatal blows to pre-existing fractures.Reduced sea ice coverage since the late 1980s has led to...
06/14/2018 02:21 AM
Conservationists disgusted at 'heartbreaking' kiwi killing
Conservationists are disgusted at a person whose dog killed two kiwi that were a crucial part of a breeding population - and then deliberately cut off one of their transmitters.The two Coromandel brown kiwi were found dead at Port...
06/14/2018 02:00 AM
Antarctica had lost three trillion tonnes of ice in less than three decades
What happens in only the next decade could determine the fate of Antarctica - and the melting continent's future impact on our coastal cities and communities.Scientists have sketched two 2070 scenarios - one leaving warming unchecked,...
06/13/2018 05:00 PM
Lake snot-making algae now in Lake Taupo
An algae species that can create troublesome, mucus-like strings known as lake snot has likely now spread to Lake Taupō.The discovery - made from historic samples taken from the Central North Island's Moawhango River - has...
06/13/2018 04:25 AM