Irrigation's guilty secrets

Feeding cows on palm kernel makes mockery of low input farming claims.

Amid the rush of irrigation schemes, will economic considerations trump environmental values?

New bill to give green energy 'fair go'

Solar City founder Andrew Booth, Green MP Gareth Hughes and Absolute Energy owner Paul Brockie are united in wanting a fair go for renewable energy producers.

The Green Party is fighting for fair buy-back prices for people who are producing excess renewable energy.

Soap-making fail prompts eco switch

Malcolm Rands CEO of Ecostore is shown bacteria samples  by Veronica Buezenberg, laboratory manager at the Cawthron Institute. Rands was in Nelson to speak at a conference.

After a failed attempt at making soap, staff at the Cawthron Institute have switched to using Ecostore products. 

Te Anau flood protection awaited

Delays continue for Upukerora River flood repairs.

More than two years after warnings Te Anau could be swamped, flood damage repairs are still to be done.

No dead kea, DOC says

A Conservation Department investigation into alleged shootings of kea in Golden Downs near Nelson has turned up nothing.

An investigation into the alleged shootings of kea at a forestry site near Nelson has turned up nothing. 

Greens soften on farmers video

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has suggested easing farmers into a carbon tax with a five-year grace-period.

Greens plan to fight global warming softens stance on making farmers pay controversial carbon tax.

Calls for more beehives in Southland

Pat Hoffmann checks her three beehives in her safety suit with her bee smoker.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live with bees?

Sewage spill at park causes a stink

Forest and Bird Motu Manawa Restoration Group chairman Micheal Coote wants to put an end to the sewage overflows at Taipari Strand, Te Atatu Peninsula.

Condoms, toliet paper and tampons are not items you would expect to find at a public park.

Undersize snapper releases cause confusion over dumping

Commercial fishers are required to throw back small snapper but this can also lead to confusion over dumping.

When keen fisherman Matt Mitchell came across snapper being thrown over the back of a commercial trawler off the Whangaparaoa Peninsula earlier this year, he was pretty angry.

A typhane or hurricoon?

A storm by any other name - Kilo as it straddles the International Dateline.

The clever little tropical storm that travels in time and changes its names.

September cool, but not so stormy

The flooding that arrived with spring in Auckland is unlikely to be a regular problem during September.

It might not be as warm as usual, but there won't be as much wild weather.

NZ's emission plan 'inadequate'

NZ's climate ambassador Jo Tyndall has said the country's economy, which relies on beef and sheep farming, would be hurt by increased efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

New Zealand and Australia defend plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, citing unusually high costs.

Quarry the pits for concerned residents

The Winstone Aggregates Yaldhurst quarry on the Old West Coast Road has neighbours concerned about the operation affecting the quality of their drinking water

Householders living near a Christchurch quarry use bottled water to ease contamination fears.

NZ should take lead on climate change in the Pacific

Cyclone Pam was one of the strongest ever recorded in the South Pacific.

OPINION: Six months after Cyclone Pam brought devastation to the Pacific, climate change looms large on the Pacific Forum agenda.

Marlborough weeds on DOC hit list

Wandering willie, or tradescantia, is on the Department of Conservation's 'dirty dozen' list.

Three plant pests growing in Marlborough will be under the spotlight following increased funding from Department of Conservation to fight invasive weeds.

Obama predicts stark climate future

U.S. President Barack Obama is flanked by Secretary of State John Kerry as he delivers remarks to the GLACIER Conference at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska August 31, 2015. Obama set off for a three-day tour of Alaska on Monday, aiming to shine a spotlight on how the United States is being affected by warming temperatures and rising oceans. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

US President uses historic Alaska trip to push for urgent action on climate change.

Rare plant found on Pirongia

A short-tailed bat feeds on top of a group of dactylanthus flowers. Dactylanthus pollen from a feeding is visible on the bat’s facial hair.

Dactylanthus spotted on Mt Pirongia has excited a conservation group, who want to expand the species.

A pollution solution

Brandon, Nick and Valentine Picton of Enviroreel, which recycles plastic bags in Auckland.

The Waste Minimisation Fund is providing a possible solution to recycling plastic bags, but one Auckland company says the answer is already here.

Divers take Opuha samples after chemical claims

Divers retrieve sediment samples last week from Lake Opuha near Fairlie in South Canterbury.

Divers have taken new samples from the South Canterbury lake at the centre of chemical dumping.

Whitebaiters joined by researchers

Whitebaiters on the Hokitika River on the first day of the West Coast season last year.

West Coast whitebaiters are heading back to the water, joined by researchers surveying which species are caught where.

Quarry digs too close to groundwater

Environment Canterbury commissioner David Caygill has moved to assure Yaldhurst residents that there is no cause for concern over recent reports of groundwater being contaminated through quarrying activity.

Christchurch quarrying company has been hit with an abatement notice after digging too close to the water table.

1500 trees lose protection

Barbara Stewart, pictured with her husband Robert, fears an "orchestra of chainsaws" will be unleashed.

Christchurch's Garden City reputation is at risk as the council proposes to remove the protected status of 1500 trees.

Native bat under threat

A short-tailed bat covered in purple after pollinating New Zealand fuchsia flowers in Fiordland.

New Zealand's only native land-based mammal is under threat from logging and predators like cats, stoats and possums.

Lake cleanup opposed

Lake Horowhenua trustee Charles Rudd on the shore of the waterway in 2013.

Three members of the Lake Horowhenua Trust are opposing the latest steps to improve the health of Lake Horowhenua.

That sinking feeling video

A sinkhole is seen on the shore of the Dead Sea

Sinkholes can be the stuff of nightmares. The ground opens up and swallow people, buildings, and vehicles.

New law to confirm ECan governance

Labour's Environment spokesperson Megan Woods is trying to stop the Government's mixed governance model for Environment Canterbury.

Bill on table to confirm Government's governance model for Environment Canterbury

El Nino to give farmers rough ride

Te Whanga farm, east of Masterton, during the last dry spell in March.

Rainfall could drop by 15 per cent in some parts of the country, climate scientists say.

Paua smuggler hides loot in tree

A Whitianga man has admitted to stashing 40 paua, which he collected illegally, in a Coromandel tree.

A case of paua in a pohutakawa tree landed a Whitianga man a hefty fine on Thursday.

This tiger's feeling pawly gallery video

Jaka undergoes an examination by vets.

Auckland Zoo's tiger Jaka gets his sore paw looked at.

Maui's dolphin in New York

The plight of the Maui's dolphin has reached the New York Times.

Debate around the conservation of Maui's dolphin in NZ has reached the New York Times.

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