Environment

Complaints about hospital smoke

An electrical fault in a Timaru Hospital boiler has been identified as the cause of recent excessive smoke from the hospital.

Timaru Hospital has consent to burn coal until 2029.

Rivers won't poison swimmers: Feds

Andrew Hoggard argues there is no clear definition of "swimmability".

Nitrogen and E-coli levels in rivers aren't high enough to endanger swimmers, says Federated Farmers.

Towering dunes may get the chop

Foxton Beach residents say the sand dunes block the view of the water from the carpark.

Foxton's sand dunes may get cut down in size after complaints they're blocking the beach view from the carpark.

DOC aims to capitalise on gorge's popularity

Visitors enjoy the view from the Manawatu Gorge track.

DOC is hoping it can boost the popularity of the Manawatu Gorge.

Heavy rain causes slip

Rain is forecast to intensify and linger in the Waikato.

A large slip has blocked one lane, causing delays for motorists in the Waitomo district.

NZ's worst environmental issue

Climate change is a global problem. Urban areas are key to reducing carbon emissions, says an environmental report.

There's a worrying problem posing a serious and growing threat to our sea, land, wildlife and economy.

Promising dairying gases science

AgResearch principal scientist Cecile de Klein with son Ben during a tramp in France.

 AgResearch scientist is confident dairying can grow while controlling and even reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

It's the warmest year ever, so far

How January-June 2016 got so warm.

Climate change, water and wind have put the heat on NZ, and no cold snap will be big enough to change it.

Half chiton, half crab - all horror

A half chiton half crab was found by Emily Roberts near Hawera reef last week.

Neither a crab, nor a chiton are rare in themselves. But together, they're nightmarish.

Marlborough Sounds pests under bait barrage

A prototype trap being used in the Marlborough Sounds for predator control trials

Pest company creates a "virtual barrier" of bait stations and traps to eradicate predators on conservation land in Marlborough Sounds.

Flood of objections stops sale of Big Omaha Trail route

Ground breaking research on the Pakiri cliffs in the background was recognised at a plaque unveiling overlooking the ...

A flood of objections has seen the end of the sale of an historic road intended as a part of a major new walking and cycling trail between Matakana and Pakiri.

How the tortoise beat the Marine

The Marines initially intended to airlift more than 1100 desert tortoises away from a combat training site. After ...

In the battle of desert tortoise versus the US Marines, the tortoise wins - for now.

Wellington's four big threats

Wellington has identified the four big threats to its prosperity, which it needs to plan for.

The four big 'future shocks' that keep Wellington's disaster planners awake at night have been revealed.

Battle looms over ocean sanctuary

A humpback whale and her calf migrating through Kermadec waters.

Conservation group Forest & Bird will go to court to protect the set up of the Kermadec ocean sanctuary.

Check set net rules

Fishery officers have detected nine set net offences across Blenheim and Nelson in the past three months.

One fisherman was fined for setting a net across an entire channel.

Falcons thrive in pine forest

Falcons nest on the ground, leaving the chicks vulnerable to predators.

Logging companies have had to learn to make allowances for falcons, which find plenty of food in pine forests.

Weedkiller use reduced

The Christchurch City Council has decided to reduce its usage of the potentially dangerous cancer-causing weedkiller ...

The Christchurch City Council is being applauded for drastically reducing its use of a potentially dangerous weedkiller.

Is Canty the water 'wild west'?

Environment Canterbury does less consent monitoring than any other regional council.

It finds the most rule-breakers, yet is the least likely to punish rule breakers of all regional councils. What is going on with ECan?

Invertebrates; what's hiding in the backyard

Neve Robertson, 6, takes a magnified look at an earth worm.

A group of people have delved into the tiny world of invertebrates at the Ashhurst Domain.

'Big blue monsters' get makeover

A recycling bin, left, and a rubbish bin near Picton Marina are getting a makeover.

Council grant $20,000 to disguise Picton's 'big blue monsters' with a screen.

Charges to fund coastal monitoring

Owners of boatsheds will have to pay coastal occupancy charges.

Owners of moorings, wharves, and marine farms in the Marlborough Sounds will be charged an annual fee.

Support for fishery changes

Scallops

Drop-in sessions about changes to rules around harvesting scallops and catching snapper have attracted a high level of interest, a marine group says. 

Scientists' coral reef plea

A tourist swims on the Great Barrier Reef.

Scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs.

Fish and chips gets ethical video

Making the right choice at the local fish and chip shop could have significant environmental impacts.

Deciding between battered or crumbed is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making the right order at the local fish and chip shop.

Smog report 'innovative'

Smog over Cromwell, Central Otago. Between May 1 to June 13 Cromwell had 10 high pollution days (those days when air ...

A report exploring novel ways to solve Central Otago's smog problem is "innovative".

End of an era

Volunteers Stephen Leitch, left, and Rachel Kenny during planting work on Stephen's Island in the outer Marlborough Sounds.

COLUMN: Department of Conservation community ranger Wendy Sullivan talks about the planting work on a remote Marlborough Sounds island.

Corolla hybrid comes with warning

The new Toyota Corolla hybrid, joining New Zealand most popular passenger car selection in July.

Toyota launches hybrid Corolla in NZ with some scary warning shots over the future of our environment.

Meridian Energy partners with Kakapo

Kakapo in a viewing enclosure at the Manapouri power station.

Meridian Energy steps in to support the Kakapo Recovery Programme.

VW 'to pay over $13b'

In April, Volkswagen said it would set aside €16.2 billion (NZ$25.44b) and slash its dividend to cover the costs from ...

Volkswagen payout partly to settle claims by nearly 500,000 owners stemming from its US diesel emissions scandal.

The burning question

Heating Marlborough owner Peter Cairns says people should be given two years to replace their old woodburners

Is anyone going to help us replace our old woodburners?

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