Plan to recycle soft plastics begins

Awapuni Recycling operations manager Peter Siddall in Palmerston North with a small hill of plastic bags which became uneconomic to be recycled last April.

Bread and shopping bags will be recycled in a new pilot scheme.

Inspection times keep farmers on toes

An irrigation unit in use on a Southland dairy farm.

Environment Southland keeps dairy inspection notice time to a minimum.

Tuatara deaths launch predator fence appeal

Otorohanga Kiwi House general manager Jo Russell stands by the attraction's failing 44-year-old perimeter fence. Fundraising for a new fence has started.

A dozen rare or endangered animals have died at Otorohanga Kiwi House in the past two years because of a failing fence.

2050 forecast: Droughts, fire and deluges

In August 2050, Canterbury will be in the grips of a drought, MetService says.

MetService has revealed the outlook for the country in 35 years, and the forecast is grim.

Hamilton parade on climate change

From left, Waikato Climate Action group members Camilla Carty-Melis, Anna Cox and Julie Marshall get ready for Sunday's parade.

A T rex fossil and a papier mache polar bear will join a Hamilton climate parade on Sunday.

Ngai Tahu rejects ECan democracy

Water rights protest outside Environment Canterbury in 2010, after the Government sacked elected regional councillors and replaced them with commissioners.

Ngai Tahu opposes a return to full democratic regional council elections.

Recycle your plastic bags into chairs

Plastic bags and other soft plastic food packaging will be turned into outdoor furniture under the new scheme.

New scheme means plastic shopping bags, packaging and "soft plastics" can now be recycled.

Renault under scrutiny

Nitrogen oxide emissions of Renault's 1.6 dCi Espace were found in tests to be up to 25 times higher than the current Euro-6 limit, German environmental lobby group DUH said.

Study showed Renault's flagship Espace minivan released toxic diesel emissions 25 times over legal limits, group says.

Protest hailed as success video

Police attempt to talk down Greenpeace protesters who scaled NIWA ship
Tangaroa in Wellington.

A court date has been set for Wellington Greenpeace protesters who stormed a NIWA research vessel.

Rare mussels found

Canterbury sharemilker Nigel Gardiner with a handful of freshwater mussels which have cropped up since improvements to a stream and wetland including fencing stock from the areas.
Photo credit Jayden Terris.

Dairy farmers have found freshwater mussels after protecting a stream and wetland.

Electric cars demand dirty power

Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest coal-fired plant.

A filthy secret behind the green growth of electric cars in some markets is the need for more coal-fired power plants.

Agriculture not in review

Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser is calling for submissions on the review of the NZ emissions trading scheme.

Greens say agriculture can't be left out of a review of greenhouse gas emissions target.

Ship protest over video

The three Greenpeace protesters on the gantry of the Tangaroa research ship in Wellington Harbour.

Three Greenpeace protesters have climbed down from their perch on the Tangaroa research ship.

Wingspan help NZ Air Force get their Mojo back

Squadron Leader pilot Anthony Budd, Wingspan falconer Dave Crimp and Mojo

The Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre is used to having friends in high places, but their new relationship takes that up a notch.

That sea view is coming ever closer

An aerial view of the coastal region Cooks Beach in the Coromandel, where residents are already experiencing the impacts of storm surges and sea level rise.

An online tool to help people see the impacts of projected sea level rise scenarios is being worked on by Waikato Regional Council.

Fonterra farmers doing their bit

Environmentalists say besides fences to exclude stock, there should also be plants alongside rivers.

Fonterra says almost all of its farmers have fenced more than 34,000 km to exclude cows from rivers and lakes.

Corridor Cost revealed

The Green Corridor cost has been revealed

Rotorua's Green Corridor ended up costing an additional $72,000 after one request for changes was made by one building owner. 

What do whales eat?

Kaikoura's sperm whales are the subject of a three-year study to determine more about their diet and feeding habits.

A new research project will assess the foraging ecology of sperm whales in the Kaikoura Canyon.

Help keep marine mammals safe

Dolphins interact with a boat in the Marlborough Sounds.

It's great to get close to dolphins, seals and whales in the Sounds, but there are regulations to follow.

Beached boardroom meeting

Climate change campaigners battle wind and waves to take part in a soggy 'boardroom meeting' at Wellington's Oriental Bay.

This is one way to do business on a sunny Wellington day.

Dam collapse toxic sludge hits sea gallery

Men look on from the banks of Doce River, which was flooded with mud after two dams burst, as it meets the sea.

Toxic sludge from a burst dam in Brazil has reached the ocean and now could reach nine kilometres out to sea.

Erosion repairs starting soon

Glenn Archibald is pleased to see work being carried out to stop coastal erosion at the Karaka Harbourside residential development.

A large rock wall will soon be constructed to combat erosion at Karaka Harbourside.

Central Otago climate march planned

From left to right: Florence Micoud, Ella Lawton, Claire Insley, Viki Villeneuve, some of the volunteer crew organising Wanaka's climate change march and celebration on Sunday.

The people of Central Otago are being urged to march to raise awareness of climate change issues.

There are only three left

There are just three white rhinos alive worldwide.

The death of a 41-year-old white rhino has left only three remaining in the world.

Zealandia's future built on decades of hard work

Tui have become a common sight in many of our backyards.

OPINION: This year Wellington is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Zealandia, and it's time to reflect on the achievements to date.

Climate change deal likely

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser says reducing the size of the dairy industry would not improve global carbon levels and would be disastrous for the NZ economy.

Paris terror attacks put high stakes on climate change negotiations in the city, Climate Change Minister Tim Groser says.

Health board issues algae warning

The Temuka River.

Algae found in four South Canterbury rivers could make people sick, says South Canterbury DHB.

Would you eat a 'Frankenfish'?

Pictured is a genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon (back) and non-modified sibling of the same age in front.

The world's first genetically-altered animal has been approved by the US for human consumption.

Capital's crackdown on cats

Betty the cat, found in Wellington with only front legs working. Rehab/physio got one rear leg working, other one will be amputated in Wellington on May 8, 2014. Supplied by Wellington SPCA

Wellington considers a cat curfew, microchipping, and limiting the number of felines per household.

Methane-fuelled economy

Methane emissions from cattle and sheep have increased 10 per cent since 1990.

NZ's farming sector's contribution to global warming may be worse than it looks.

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