Environment

The man who saved glaciology

Trevor Chinn in 1960 at Mt Wilson, near Arthur's Pass.

When Trevor Chinn was a child, he asked his mother a question: Where does all the rain go?

Council discharges algal bloom into river

The Gore District Council pumped an algal bloom from its wastewater plant into the Mataura River in December.

"If it's good enough for farmers to have to abide by their discharge consents, then it's good enough for the Gore District Council to be held to the same standards," Fish and Game say.

Red alert for Southland river

Environment Southland has issued a red alert after increasing amounts of cyanobacteria were found in the Waiau River at ...

Dogs and children should be kept away from infected areas of the Waiau River near Tuatapere.

Infected pork stopped at Australian border

If African swine fever is found on a farm, all pigs have to be destroyed.

Could it be only a matter of time before deadly African swine fever arrives in New Zealand?

$36m to fight erosion

This hill had several slips after a downpour in 1990. It was planted with trees afterwards, and was not affected by ...

The top of the south will be sharing the Government fund to help hold its hills in place.

How will fish cope with marine heatwave? video

Could the distribution of snapper change because of warmer seas around New Zealand?

Subtropical fish species may turn up around New Zealand as marine heatwave is confirmed.

Rogue plant-lovers target park

Plant experts tramping in the Tongariro National Park have spotted butterwort - a carnivorous plant that is classed as ...

Carnivorous plant enthusiasts are blamed for introducing an invasive weed to Tongariro National Park.

Starfish hit by climate change

Star fish in research tanks ready for examination.

Sea stars survive in warmer seas but it's slowing them down, Kiwi researchers find.

Flat whites under threat video

Threatened species include the popular commercial coffees arabica and robusta.

About 60 per cent of the world's wild coffee species - including arabica and robusta - at high risk of extinction, says study.

Hunter pays to kill rare goat

Officials gave paying hunters the opportunity to kill four of the rare goats known as markhors, despite their low ...

Fewer than 6000 exist in the wild but for $148,000 a US hunter has killed a Himalayan "screw-horned" goat.

Big crowds for Toto concert, but little waste sent to landfill

Some 8,500 people watched Dragon, Jefferson Starship and Toto in New Plymouth's TSB Bowl of Brooklands on January 11.

Green volunteers really did clean up after huge concert.

Seabird survey on island

The helicopter dropped DOC staff onto Motumahanga (Saddleback Island) on Thursday afternoon.

A threatened bird species living on an island off the coast of New Plymouth had a somewhat larger visitor fly in on Thursday.

Extension will hit city's well-being

Richard Randerson: Seventy per cent of public submissions to the Environment Court opposed a runway extension.

OPINION: Issues of the environment and climate change are at the heart of a decision on the runway extension.

Rare kākā seen in Christchurch

A South Island kākā similar to the one shown has been spotted in a Christchurch backyard. (File photo)

The endangered parrot was spotted in a Christchurch backyard, one of a handful of sightings in the last three decades. 

Warning not to stockpile soft plastics

The soft plastic recycling scheme was suspended in December, and not everyone's confident it will return.

Kiwis are hoarding some plastic rubbish at home because it can't be recycled.

1080: The reality

Many opponents of 1080 suggest using traps, which is prohibitively expensive, writes Dr Cate Macinnis-Ng.

OPINION: Why we can't leave our vulnerable native species to fend for themselves in forests where predators roam.

Drones helping stop floods

AirVision owner Mark Christensen said digital cameras are attached to drones these days, but in the future, instruments ...

Drones can be useful environmental management tools.

Bye bye, bugs video

There are about 12,500 described insects in New Zealand and more than 4000 that don't have names. At least 70 per cent, ...

Bugs splattered on windscreens used to be a familiar sight and while clean windscreens might save your squeegee, it has ecologists buzzing.

Shag survives fishing line ordeal

The shag was first reported to the SPCA near midnight on January 6.

A shag with a fishing line and sinker stuck in its beak has been rescued on the New Plymouth foreshore.

Dam construction set to start

The Lee Valley location of the planned Waimea dam. Construction of the dam is due to start and is expected to take three ...

Construction of the Waimea dam is poised to get under way with the build expected to take three years.

Fugitive wallaby hunted

A wallaby has been sighted outside the South Canterbury "containment area", leading Environment Canterbury to ask the ...

A wallaby has searchers on the hop after being spotted about 45km outside the marsupial's South Canterbury containment area.

Rat hunt on Rākino Island

Rodents pose a threat to the survival of the island's ecosystem, as they prey on the eggs and young chicks of seabirds ...

A rat hunt is underway on an Auckland island after a person reported seeing a rodent.

Wellington stream plastic study a first

NIWA freshwater scientist Dr Amanda Valois will study rubbish collected from the Kaiwharawhara Catchment  to find out ...

A Wellington catchment could become the country's first to be made plastic free.

Wanted: Tree planters for $400 a day video

Patrick Murray, of Murrays Nurseries at Woodville, has doubled plantings of pinus radiata from 5 million to 10m trees in ...

Is this the biggest hurdle for Government's one billion trees campaign?

Predatory plant prospers in lake project

Fairy aprons have been growing in abundance after an extensive alder clearing programme at Lake Poaka, near Twizel

A native carnivorous plant is blossoming in the Mackenzie Country thanks to a biodiversity restoration project on Lake Poaka near Twizel.

Goodbye petrol, hello electricity stuff nation

Just like photo shops, petrol stations will soon go extinct, and your wallet will celebrate. (File photo)

OPINION: Just like photo shops, petrol stations will soon go extinct, and your wallet will celebrate.

Webcams used to monitor boaties

Director Bruce Vander Lee says he is delighted Project Janszoon webcams can also be used to promote safe boating at ...

Two Project Janszoon webcams in Abel Tasman National Park are being used to keep an eye on boatie behaviour.

Large rubbish fire probed

LA Landscapes owner Paddy Toyne is under investigation over the material burnt at his clean fill site on Halcombe Rd, ...

Officials believe toxic waste dumped at site of blaze that smoked for weeks.

Rare turtle visits Tasman Bay video

Ruurd van der Wel was sailing with his daughter and friends in Tasman Bay when they came across this leatherback turtle ...

Watch: A encounter with a leatherback turtle in Tasman Bay brings delight and joy.

NZ’s rarest bird on the brink

Concerns over the fairy tern have prompted the Department of Conservation to re-establish a specific recovery group.

Extinction appears closer for New Zealand's rarest bird, but DOC says help is on the way.

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