Environment

Dolphins spotted at the Whau River video

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A large pod of dolphins were spotted swimming in a West Auckland river.

Super typhoon hits with a 286kmh punch

Super Typhoon Soudelor is the strongest storm of the year, packing a sustained wind speed of 286kmh and 350kmh gusts.

The world's strongest typhoon of 2015 is bringing 350kmh gusts and waves nearly 10 metres high.

Window closing fast on climate change options

A larger investment in wind power would be a major boost to New Zealand's renewable energy goals.

OPINION: Pilots know that there is a brief window of time between losing oxygen and passing out. With climate change, we are at that moment now.

Obama unveils greenhouse gas cuts video

US President Barack Obama said the unprecedented carbon dioxide limits are the "the single most important step" America has ever taken to fight climate change.

US president Barack Obama reveals plan to dramatically cut emissions from US power plants.

Cleanup consents sought

Volunteers plant trees near Lake Horowhenua as part of efforts to clean up the waterway.

Resource consents are being sought for three of the major steps in the restoration of Lake Horowhenua.

More pests reach island sanctuaries

Maud Island in the Marlborough Sounds, where a mice eradication programme last year is hoped to have restored the island's pest-free status.

New Zealand's island sanctuaries invaded by pests a record number of times in the past year.

Glacier melt speeding up

Footage from a time-lapse camera shows Franz Josef Glacier in November 2012.

The world's glaciers are melting more quickly and those keeping track don't see a slowdown.

Breakthrough in farm flatulence

Cows could be belching out one-third less methane in five years' time, thanks to a new food additive.

Kiwi scientist helps find feed additive that cuts farm methane emissions.

Deaths raise colony collapse fears

A honey bee collecting pollen.

Unexplained bee losses raise fears of colony collapse disorder in New Zealand.

A kakapo goes to the ball

Ruapuke in the nest at 24-days-old.

The cheekiest chick at the ball? Rare bird makes surprise appearance at charity fundraiser.

Trout hatch in classrooms

Carterton School pupils Ella Robinson, left, and Maggie Kearney with the fish tank they have been raising trout in.

New trout-raising programme for kids is a national first.

Chemical lake fears spark meeting

South Canterbury rvier campaigners fear Lake Opuha's sediment contains harmful chemicals.

Senior ECan members have met South Canterbury river campaigners about their claims of chemical contamination in Lake Opuha.

Westie herb makes carpark appearance

Epilobium hirtigerum looks like a weed, but is a critically endangered native plant.

Auckland Council staff were stunned to find a rare plant dubbed the "Hobsonville kakapo" by a busy carpark.

Council's message to minister on Maungatautari

Maungatautari is awaiting news on whether central government will provide funding support for the project at Sanctuary Mountain.

Waikato Regional councillors are hopeful a finalised funding commitment to the region's largest nature sanctuary will send a message to central government to assist the project.

UN tackles illicit wildlife poaching

More than 100 elephants are killed by poachers each day in Africa. Now the UN has passed a resolution to try and crack down on the practice.

UN calls on all countries to step up their efforts to protect wildlife amid uproar over killing of "Cecil".

Hunting can save African wildlife

Cecil the lion was a popular attraction among visitors to the Hwange National Park.

OPINION: The death of Cecil caused outrage, but big game hunting offers a key to conservation.

75 properties in flood path video

The Hutt River in flood in 2005, a 1-in-25-year event. The council wants to increase protection to prevent major damage from a 1-in-440-year event.

Seventy-five homes and businesses beside Hutt River could be taken for flood protection

Reusable coffee cup a winner

Co-owner of Ideal Cup Steph Fry with some of her award-winning reusable coffee cups.

A revolutionary new coffee cup made in Motueka has won two major awards in as many months.

Marine reserves 'won't save Sounds'

Sedimentation at Hitaua Bay in the Marlborough Sounds.

More marine reserves in the Marlborough Sounds will do nothing to save the seabed, fishermen say.

New air rules spare roasters

Fences keeping stock off wetlands, streams and lakes will be mandatory in greater Wellington in seven years' time.

No new open fires in Masterton, but coffee roasters get a reprieve.

Ridley the turtle recovering video

Ridley the endangered sea turtle is eating and gaining strength at Wellington Zoo.

Ridley the injured turtle has recovered enough to move to Auckland next week.

Sirocco back at Zealandia video

Sirocco, one of only 125 living kakapo, gets acquainted with his new enclosure at Zealandia.

The flightless parrot, whose amorous antics made him a YouTube star, returns to civilisation to see his public.

Sludge found in Kapiti stream

The oily sludge discovered in Wainui Stream on Sunday.

A man used rubbish gloves and an icecream container to "bail out" sludge from a Kapiti stream.

Recycling scheme for plastic bags won't work

Plastic bags are a menace to wildlife.

Opinion:A national levy is needed to reduce the plague of plastic bags.

Protest over Sydenham 'dump'

About 50 people protest against plans for a waste transfer facility on Colombo St, in Sydenham.

A Christchurch community is protesting against a "rubbish dump" in Sydenham.

Walkway start of changes to come

Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board chairperson Simon Randall.

The Manukau Harbour is slowly changing for the better.

Weaving a fine legacy video

Basham's caskets are 100 per cent biodegradable.

A Collingwood weaver makes coffins from willow.

Helping hands for kea

Tamsin Orr-Walker, chair of the Kea Conservation Trust, reads Kaha the Kea book to Hope School pupils during their visit to Natureland Zoo.

Pupils taught about living in harmony with and safeguarding the future of the curious kea.

Authorities deny chemical claims

A river protection group have presented Ecan with test results suggesting high levels of toxic chemical dieldrin on Lake Opuha's bed, seen here in drought in February

Local goverment and medical authorities have denied renewed allegations of chemical contamination in South Canty's drinking water.

Good clearout for sick turtle

Critically injured Ridley, the olive ridley sea turtle, was eating shrimp and swimming on Wednesday.

It's all systems go, albeit slowly, for critically injured Ridley the turtle.

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