Environment

Our plastic shame video

Plastics breaks up in the ocean, and a net is required to estimate how many particles are floating in the plastic patch.

Researchers warn of a tsunami of plastic after the discovery of a 2.5 million sq km plastic patch in the South Pacific.

Beached as, mon frere video

A convincing sculpture of a beached whale near Notre Dame in Paris had locals and tourists turning heads.

A sperm whale that appeared to have beached itself in Paris was in fact a sculpture.

Environmentally friendly fashion

Oversew fashion awards organiser Robyn Cherry-Campbell, left, and creative designer Kate Williams.

Carterton-based fashion show providing innovative solution to global clothing waste.

Residents give reservoir feedback

Artist impressions, top, of the 35m-litre reservoir at Prince of Wales Park, Mt Cook, during construction; and, bottom, ...

Earthquake and flooding concerns included in submissions on Town Belt plan.

Unsafe DOC hut closed

Jumbo Hut, on the Wairarapa side of the Tararua Range, has been closed after a routine inspection found it may be unsafe ...

Jumbo Hut on popular Wairarapa circuit needs strengthening work.

Anti-mining edge sharpened

The Kopu Hikuai Road, near Thames, is where high-level protections on Coromandel DOC land ends.

Coromandel MP dismisses petition as election year noise.

Landfill waste up, recycling down

Inaction from the Government is being blamed for a marked increase in the amount of waste going to landfill.

Government reluctance to charge more people dumping fees blamed for rise in waste.

Threat to Qtown lake grows

Lagarosiphon is capable of choking waterways, smothering native aquatic plants, and establishing quickly in waterways if ...

Fears an invasive weed will establish itself in Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu are escalating as crops continue to spread in a river that drains the lake.

Auckland Island eradication plan

Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry has announced a specialist team will develop a feasibility study for the total ...

Total eradication of pigs, cats and mice from Auckland Island to be planned.

Fighting to save water in winter

Garden sprinklers can only be used three days a week all year round in Upper Hutt.

By sticking to year round, three day a week garden water restrictions Upper Hutt will remain at odds with the rest of the region and with what wellington water wants.

Water levy lucrative

The Green Party has suggested introducing a 10-cent per-litre levy on water bottling and exports.

The Green Party's proposed charge could give Horizons $53,000 a day extra.

'Exposure meters' for residents

Anna Youngman and other Yaldhurst residents wear face masks when moving around their properties because of dust from a ...

Christchurch residents complaining of health issues caused by dust from a nearby quarry will be asked to wear personal meters.

Fighting for farmers and land

New Zealand Landcare Trust regional co-ordinator Annette Litherland takes over from Barbara Stuart.

They're big shoes to fill after 18 years, but new NZ Landcare regional coordinator is ready for challenge.

Rare seal put down

A rare seal washed up on Waikawa Beach on Sunday. The Department of Conservation, which took four days to inspect it, ...

A rare seal was left on a beach for four days before it was checked, then euthanised by DOC.

Labour to scrap fire rule

Labour's Rangitata candidate Jo Luxton.

A controversial rule banning the use of woodburners 15 years or older would be scrapped under Labour, candidate says.

Maungatautari board resignations

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, near Cambridge.

Accountant says Sanctuary Mountain's financial position always challenging, but no worse than it's always been.

Gecko stolen from visitor centre

The Marlborough green gecko that was stolen from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre in Te Anau.

An at risk gecko has been stolen from the Department of Conservation visitor centre in Fiordland.

'Entire house reeking of sewage'

Manurewa man Evan Shewchuk has had multiple incidents of human waste flowing onto his property.

Auckland man sick of human waste flowing on his section is told the problem's partly his to fix.

Danny, 8, shoots hoops for dolphins video

Danny Pick, 8, plans to shoot 63 hoops in 20 minutes as part of Challenge 63, to raise funds for Maui Dolphins.

A young Aucklander wants to raise $1500 and awareness for the 63 remaining Maui dolphins.

Swimmers investigate Wanaka lake water quality

Environmental scientist Chris Arbuckle briefs Sharyn Gingell Kent and Eddie Spearing.

There's something in the water. Swimmers begin the research.

Vegans can save our world

Laura Hetherington wants to bring Earth Overshoot Day to people's attention.

What happens when we use up the Earth's resources for the year?

Dream team

Hundreds of Marlborough children took part in the first ever Sir Peter Blake Trust Dream Bank survey.

Kind-hearted Marlborough children have aspirations to help protect the planet and conserve New Zealand's natural heritage.

Tenure review criticised

An aerial view of Simons Pass Station.

The recent tenure review process of a Mackenzie property highlights flaws in the process, it has been claimed.

Young humpback loses its way

The young humpback in Picton marina on Wednesday.

A whale on its way north ended up getting a little lost and taking a detour near Picton.

Stop littering, say our kids video

Think globally, act locally – that's the mantra Kiwi children are living by, when it comes to saving the environment, as this wonderful video shows.

Editorial: Help stop dumping

An illegal rubbish dump formed on Ormiston Rd, Flat Bush over Christmas and New Year. Residents have been dumping ...

EDITORIAL: The only thing that's going to stop illegal rubbish dumping in south Auckland is changing people's attitudes.

Auckland stream turns orange

Bright orange is the latest colour of a Browns Bay stream, reported to the pollution hotline July 19.

Waterway turns into thick, foul-smelling sludge just upstream from popular duck-feeding park.

Mine contaminants cleared

The Prohibition and Alexander mines, near Waiuta (pictured) on the West Coast, have been cleaned up.

A $3.6 million clean-up of two of the most contaminated mine site in New Zealand is complete.

Great Walk work to begin

Environment Minister Nick Smith announces construction is to begin on the new Great Walk in the Paparoa National Park.

Construction of New Zealand's newest Great Walk, in memory of the men killed in the Pike River mine disaster, will begin soon.

Why the forecasters still get it wrong

Among facilities sprinkled around the country to collect data on the weather is this weather radar station at Kaeo in ...

Weather forecasters don't just predict the future. They also deal with an uncertain present.

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