Environment

Mutant possum army mooted

Possums are the main carrier of bovine tuberculosis (TB) threatening cattle and deer herds.

Scientists are working on developing an army of mutant possums to help control the pest.

New seal on road

SEAL OF APPROVAL: Liam Pengelly, left, with Nova Sutherland who helped rescue the pup and return it to a nearby stream.

A young fur seal was spotted at a bus stop in Nelson — possibly trying to catch a ride out of town.

Japan to resume whaling

Japan proposes to hunt 333 minke whales from the end of 2015.

Japan is to vastly expand its Antarctic whaling area, and take up to 333 minke whales, under new "scientific research plan".

New bid for cycle trail

A Canadian motorist is suing the family of boy she killed in car accident.

Council applies again to disrupt Oreti River with trail, but submissions from as far as Norway oppose plan.

Cop rescues Morepork chick

JAIL BIRD: A baby morepork spent the night in police custody after it was found on alone on a Hamilton road. Pictured:  Bill Smith, from Hamilton's Animal Wildlife Rehabilitation Trust.

A Morepork chick blown from its perch during storm spends the night in police custody.

Satellite photo shows huge ash plume

PAVLOF'S FOG: A plume of smoke from Alaska's Pavlof volcano on the lower Alaska peninsula is pictured in this November 15, 2014, satellite image.

Nasa has released a satellite image of ash spewing 9km high from an Alaskan volcano.

Mining 'will destroy' seabed life

Rock phosphate

Phosphate mining on the Chatham Rise could damage coral and create toxic leaks, opposition groups tell hearing.

'Not safe for swimming'

fishing

Fish numbers have declined in the Manawatu River and it is no longer safe to swim in.

Males killing their own

A dominant male Chacma baboon fights for access to females in Tsoaobis Leopard Park in Namibia.

Baby Chacma baboons are not alone in facing their greatest threat from within.

Seaweed sifted on the seashore

A trip to the beach to collect seaweed is one of Sister Laloya ... regular tasks.

What would you expect to find living within a square metre patch of the Southland shoreline?

Stink Bug spotted in NZ

STINK BUG: The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is asking the people to keep their eyes peeled for an unwanted pest, the Yellow Spotted Stink Bug.

A pest known as the Yellow Spotted Stink Bug has been spotted in a South Island garden.

DOC denies 1080 drop chaos

BIG DROP: Reloading pre-feed pellets as a DOC 1080 drop.

DOC hits back at anti-1080 group claims of 'chaos' in the Marlborough Sounds.

China eyeing off Antarctica

'Closely aligned': South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines of the APEC summit on Monday.

Summer will see China install a fifth station in Antarctica under the Antarctic Treaty.

Mainland kiwi 'could be gone'

LAST CHANCE: Aria Scott, 4, and Ruby Scott, 5,  meet seven-month-old  Parawera as she is released into the Maungatautari  enclosure in Waikato  last month.

A dire picture for kiwi in the wild has been painted for new Conservation Minister Maggie Barry.

Arsenic contamination risk 'low'

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Council and ECan to roll out soil testing programme after arsenic was found in several properties.

Stay out of Lake Hakanoa

TOXIC: A health warning has been issued for Huntly's Lake Hakanoa because of a rise in harmful algae.

Health warning issued for popular Lake Hakanoa in Huntly after a rise in toxic algae.

Mudfish try city living

The Mangakotukutuku Stream Care Group released mudfish into the gully network on Saturday at Sandford Park

Mudfish have been released into Hamilton's city waters in an effort to restore biodiversity of days gone by.

Rare 'moonbow' lights up Tekapo

NIGHT DELIGHT: A rare moonbow is cast over Tekapo in South Canterbury.

A Tekapo photographer captured spectacular images of two rare events above the South Canterbury town.

Protected trees - the unkind cut

GIMME SHELTER: Malcolm Hayward says he has grown quite fond of the giant fig tree on his Mt Eden property.

Life under an enormous fig tree means no sunlight and fermenting piles of inedible fruit for a family.

Injured tuatara back home

BIG ADVENTURE: Nubby the tuatara back home at Zealandia with his rescuer, Lorna Borrett.

He tried to escape, smashed his tail and was saved from near-certain death - but Nubby's home now.

Rescuers hunt for tangled whale

RESCUERS READY: Rope was spotted wrapped around the head of this humpback whale off the coast of Dunedin.

Department of Conservation crew all set to free rope-wrapped whale spotted off Dunedin coast - but need help finding it.

Predator attack a 'serious set back'

NATURAL BORN KILLER: The imported stoat has been deemed responsible for killing 29 penguins at a Dunedin colony.

A rampant attack on a colony of little blue penguins has set the colony back for years.

Helicopter whale rescue

RESCUE ATTEMPT: People try to save whales in the Bay of Plenty.

Rescuers have refloated 21 pilot whales and herded them out to sea, after 36 perished in a stranding in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

Behold, the penguin-bot

CUTE ROBOT: A remote-operated rover penguin gets close to an Emperor penguin and her chick in Antarctica.

Scientists have developed a cute and fluffy robot designed to monitor skittish penguins without causing them stress.

Climate report's stark warning

WARNING: Failure to reduce emissions could lock the world on a trajectory with "irreversible" impacts on people and the environment, the report says.

Climate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault, and the fix is drastic, report says.

Illegal wildlife parts destroyed

INTO THE FURNACE: Indian authorities hold a tiger skin as they set fire to a stockpile of illegal wildlife parts at the Delhi Zoo in New Delhi, India.

Tiger skins, elephant tusks and rhino horns burned in an effort to discourage wildlife smuggling.

Dead whale used to escape sharks

A man rides the dead humpback whale off Rottnest. Picture from Seven News.

Dramatic scenes in the ocean off Rottnest when a man clambered onto the carcass of a humpback whale with at least five sharks nearby.

Our Big Blue Backyard

BIG BLUE BACKYARD: New Zealand’s magnificent marine ecosystems are on display in a new documentary.

New Zealand’s magnificent marine ecosystems are on display in a new six-part Natural History New Zealand (NHNZ) documentary series that begins on TVOne on Sunday night.

Snake regurgitates frog

Tiger snakes are said to be in strong supply around Herdsman Lake.

A frog has survived being swallowed whole and then spat out by a snake in north Queensland.

Giant spider 'the size of a rodent'

'RIDICULOUSLY HUGE': The birdeater has a leg span of about 30cm and weighs up to 170g.

Stumbling across the South American Goliath birdeater was a dream come true for entomologist Piotr Naskrecki.