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Jim Salinger: Oz sizzles as climate action cools
This year is turning out to be a sizzler for Australia, showing that global warming is alive and well.However, as this country burns, climate action by the Australian and New Zealand governments seems tied up in knots.Let's recap...
09/24/2017 11:51 PM
Air pollution can lead to potentially-fatal kidney disease
Kidney disease is the latest ailment linked to air pollution, a new study has found.The report from the American Society of Nephrology found that air pollution - even in small amounts - can damage your kidneys. Previous research...
09/24/2017 12:31 AM
Jack Tame: Why worms are the perfect city pet
It was the cruellest prank ever played in the Tame household.Mum and Dad, having resisted years of begging and pleading, called their brood into the lounge for a special family announcement."You kids have been so good this year,"...
09/23/2017 05:00 PM
Tongariro National Park - the gift that wasn't
NZ's first National Park turns 130 today, as the true intentions behind its beginning are poised to be realised.When a Ngati Tuwharetoa chief "gave" Tongariro and other volcanic peaks to the Crown 130 years ago today, creating the...
09/22/2017 05:00 PM
Editorial: A shift in priorities as country goes to the polls
Politics in New Zealand tends to straddle the middle ground. This is unlikely to change much after Saturday, regardless of which party gets the most votes. The electorate, while it may be in a mood for change, is not so much demanding...
09/21/2017 05:00 PM
Tragedy spurs young researcher's air pollution fight
When his parents died, a young Egide Kalisa was told "normal diseases" were to blame.He's since learned the truth: respiratory disease, fuelled by indoor air pollution in his Rwandan home city of Kamembe, had more likely taken his...
09/21/2017 01:28 AM
Q&A: Is our media covering climate change well?
Climate change is the biggest issue facing our planet - something Kiwis are increasingly recognising . But how do they learn about it? Does New Zealand's news media do an adequate job getting the message out? In a new analysis ,...
09/20/2017 09:02 PM
Waikato road reopens, water conservation requested after massive landslip
Te Kuiti residents are being asked to conserve water after a massive slip of saturated farmland closed a road southeast of the town and inundated part of its water catchment.Mangaokewa Rd is now open, following removal of debris...
09/20/2017 07:29 PM
Most Kiwis back charging for water use - survey
Whether to tax farmers and orchardists for using water has been a highly-charged issue this election - but a new survey suggests most Kiwis, both town and country, back the idea.Findings from Water New Zealand's survey , released...
09/19/2017 10:00 PM
Google-built AI software boosts NZ birdsong study
Google-built artificial intelligence software has been trained to recognise the different calls of threatened native birds.In one of the quirkiest applications of machine-learning yet, researchers at Victoria University tasked tech...
09/19/2017 01:01 AM
Kaikoura's seabed species bouncing back after quake
Ten months after the devastating magnitude 7.8 quake that wiped out marine life deep in the Kaikoura Canyon, scientists have happily discovered promising signs of recovery.The huge canyon, running up to within 500m of the coast...
09/18/2017 11:02 PM
Q&A: Predator-free NZ's tricky ethical issues
We know that New Zealand's new target of wiping out pest predators by 2050 will demand more money, more efforts, and more technology. But how do we tackle the tricky ethical questions that the predator-free mission raises? How do...
09/18/2017 09:02 PM
Local Focus: Not all farmers at Morrinsville protest
While protests dominated the town of Morrinsville yesterday, half an hour away it was business as usual for sharemilkers Sophia Clark and Aaron Mills. "I just love it because you're outside, you're not stuck behind a desk all day,...
09/18/2017 02:59 PM
Local Focus: Rangitikei candidates on the environment
Rangitīkei candidates give their answers to the important local questions this election.Heather Warren for Labour, Ian McKelvie for National, Robin McCandless for the Greens, and Rob Stevenson for NZ First answer the question:...
09/17/2017 11:12 PM
Revealing the nature of NZ's 'extreme waves'
Big enough to threaten ships and coastal roads, what scientists call "extreme waves" will likely become more common in the waters off New Zealand as the effects of climate change further set in.In a new study , researchers at the...
09/17/2017 05:00 PM