Remits would help rid streets of smokers and plastic bags

Single use plastic bags could be discouraged through a levy at point of sale.

Palmerston North is attempting to shape national policies about how to control smoking outside cafes and bars and deal with the problem of single-use plastic bags.

Protecting planet a duty, pope says video

Pope Francis has renewed his call for special protection for the area because of its vital importance to the planet's ecosystem.

Protecting the planet was no longer a choice but a duty, Pope Francis says.

'Miracle' whale calf spotted in Cook Strait video

A humpback whale calf was spotted in Cook Strait by DOC researchers

A whale calf spotted during an annual DOC survey is only the second seen in NZ waters since 2010.

Otago key to saving sea lion numbers

Sea lion numbers are plummeting in the main Auckland Islands colony, while an Otago colony is growing.

New Zealand's sea lion numbers are "nationally critical". A small Otago colony may hold the answer.

New ECan governance model revealed

Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced the future governance structure for ECan in Christchurch on Wednesday.

Environment Canterbury will have elected and appointed representatives from next year and a fully-elected council by 2019.

Botanic Gardens laser show gallery

Night of D'Light in the Botanic Gardens is a KidsFest activity with buildings and the environment lit to explore. Cunningham House gets a light makeover.

Lasers will light up Christchurch's Botanic Gardens for the Night of D'Light event.

Eco-friendly wraps reduce waste

Linda Hansen, left, and Jo Brown with their reusable Happbee Wraps.

Two Nelson kindergarten teachers have come up with an alternative to cling film, reducing the use of plastic. 

Newborn humpback in Cook Strait

A humpback whale calf was spotted in Cook Strait by DOC researchers

A newborn whale calf has been seen during a Cook Strait whale survey.

China's algae-covered beaches

A man walks on an algae covered beach as a truck collecting algae passes by, along the coastline in Qingdao.

This year's unsightly blooms of green algae on China's beaches are the biggest since 2008. 

River health best ever: report

Taranaki Regional Council chairman David MacLeod

The health of Taranaki's waterways is the best its ever been, a new environmental report claims.

'We'll enjoy it while it's here' video

07072015 NEWS Photo: Mike Scott/Fairfax NZ. Mokau on the South-West Waikato coast has history of battling erosion of its coastline to the churning Tasman Sea. Permanant and temporary residents have taken up the battle themselves creating rockwalls in front of their homes and baches.

At one pristine coastal spot in the Waikato less than $100,000 can buy you a three-bedroom bach. The catch is, the sea may steal the land.

More marine reserves unlikely

Old fish like this snapper at Tawharanui Marine Reserve are bigger breeders.

Fishing and iwi interests make approval of more marines reserves in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park unlikely says marine reserve expert.

Sumner in deep if a tsunami hits

A tsunami would put the Christchurch seaside village under more than 2.5m of water.

A tsunami would put the Christchurch seaside village under more than 2.5m of water.

Rare white whale spotted video

An up-close look at the white humpback whale, thought to be known as Migaloo.

A rare white humpback whale spotted in Cook Strait is one of only four ever recorded.

Driving on a full tank of beer video

The biofuel is available at 60 Gull service stations.

Cars were bumper-to-bumper at an Auckland petrol station as they waited to fill up on a beer-based biofuel.

Council pressure for government levy

Green Party MP Denise Roche wages war against single use plastic bags.

Collaboration between local councils to push for government action on plastic shopping bags.

Why I climbed Parliament

Verena Maeder faces a three-month prison sentence if she is convicteed of trespass for her part in a Greenpeace protest on the roof of Parliament.

OPINION: Nelson activist Verena Maeder explains why she risked a prison sentence to call for action on climate change.

Injured penguin sent for treatment

An injured little blue penguin has been sent to Palmerston North for treatment after being found on New Plymouth's Fitzroy Beach on Saturday.

Another injured penguin has been discovered on the New Plymouth coastline.

A big noise around town gallery

The trust behind Karori Sanctuary, renamed as Zealandia, is turning 20 on Sunday.

Karori wildlife sanctuary marks 20-year milestone with a weekend of celebrations.

Rainfall up 176 per cent for June

The Patea Dam working hard during the flooding.

The heavy rain that caused flooding made up half of Taranaki's rainfall in June.

Defying snow in Burkes Pass video

John and Barbara cope fine in the wild weather, with Barbara simply heading up the back of the house to sweep snow of their solar panels after June's heavy snowfall.

The Corcorans are off the grid, well and truly, but have no trouble whatsoever dealing with wild weather.

On hydro power in Little River video

Little River resident Murray Peden with his micro hydro plant. It powers batteries 24/7.

Little River resident Murray Peden has lived off grid for 17 years.

Hippies of Dehra Doon video

The Andersons insist they aren't "greenies". They just always had a dream to live off the grid.

Eden-type project for Canterbury

An aerial view of the Eden Project proposed for Christchurch.

OPINION: Christchurch desperately needs a major tourism attraction. People need a reason to visit.

Coastal development rules endorsed

Christchurch's coastline is at high risk of erosion as this 2001 picture of New Brighton beach shows.

The proposed rules will restrict development in areas of Christchurch considered at risk from coastal erosion.

Construcion of big wind turbines begins

Victoria's new wind farm will generate enough power to supply 12,000  homes and boast the biggest turbines in the country.

A A$50 million wind farm to be built in northwest Victoria will boast the biggest turbines in Australia, with a rotor diameter of 117 metres.

Baby seal a downtown delight gallery

A baby seal surprised Aucklanders this morning by paying a visit to the Viaduct

Aucklanders were surprised on their way to work this morning when a baby seal appeared near Britomart.

Paw prints reveal predator

Paw prints of a stoat inside Orokonui Ecosanctuary near Dunedin.

Cute animal paw prints in the snow?

6000 properties risk coastal erosion

Christchurch's coastline is at high risk of erosion as this 2001 picture of New Brighton beach shows.

Nearly 6000 Canterbury properties could be at threat from coastal erosion over the next century, a report says.

No plan for 600 endangered native species

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the Department of Conservation is "absolutely committed" to saving endangered species.

DOC not doing enough to save endangered species, says the Greens

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