Outlook for coral reefs is grim — unless we cut emissions fast

Marine heatwaves have already had a severe impact on coral reef ecosystems by triggering mass bleaching events.

OPINION: If emissions continue to rise unabated, new research indicates 94 per cent of coral reefs globally will be eroding by 2050.

New programme by Creative HQ offers cash and mentorship to climate innovators

Creative HQ is offering up to ten teams $20,000 and a 12-week mentorship programme to foster climate strategy ideas.

Up to 10 teams will get $20,000 and 12 weeks of mentorship as part of the new Climate Response Accelerator programme by Creative HQ.

Christchurch council's climate plans 'poorly articulated', academic says video

Professor Bronwyn Hayward, a Canterbury University political scientist and climate change researcher, says the council ...

Canterbury University professor Bronwyn Hayward says the council's current climate strategy is “a quick throw-together of bullet points”.

Coal company expects consent for expansion video

The Bathurst Resources Ltd owned Takitimu Coal Mine, at Nightcaps. Pictured looking down on the mine's Black Diamond ...

Environmentalists say they will oppose possible coal mine expansion plans near Ohai.

Climate change could impact Marlborough's grape flavours

It’s likely there will be fewer frosts in Marlborough as a result of climate change, a new report has found.

Marlborough’s sauvignon blanc could one day lose its famed zing if temperatures – both above and below ground – keep getting warmer.

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green travel

Goodbye gas guzzler, hello bike video

One in four NowNext survey respondents reported they wanted to cycle, run or walk to work and school more frequently.

A quarter of us plan to walk, run and cycle more frequently to work and school. Here's why we'll be happier for that lower-carbon choice.

France to ban short domestic flights

The bill includes bans on domestic flights under two and half hours that can be done by train

The climate bill aims to cut French carbon emissions by 40 per cent in 2030 from 1990 levels.

Insects eat airport food waste in Singapore to make fish feed

The project looks to replace traditional fish and soybean meal as the main sources of protein for aquafeed

The project looks to replace traditional fish and soybean meal as the main sources of protein for aquafeed.

All aboard for the Great Southern Train Tour video

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The Great Southern Steam Train left Blenheim ...

Excitment levels were high as the historic steam train left Blenheim for its southern adventure.

Submissions drive bus proposals video

There may soon be more people riding the bus in the Nelson-Tasman region.

The people have spoken and council has listened. Out of 143 submissions on the bus network, only one was against, so plans to beef it up have been moved forward.

green business

Healthier food for a good life video

Pouarua Farms chief executive Jenna Smith and one of the board directors, John McEnteer.

Pouarua Farms milk 4600 cows but in the future dairy might not be at the top of the food chain as blueberries and manuka honey are added to its diversification plan.

Boss appointed for Makarewa oat milk plant

Justin Riley, originally from Invercargill, has been appointed as chief executive of NZ Functional Foods, the company in ...

Former Southlander Justin Riley has been appointed chief executive of an industry-leading endeavour to build an oat milk factory near Invercargill.

Pandora ditching mined diamonds for lab-grown ones

Pandora has dropped mined diamonds from its glass cases and will sell only lab-generated ones in response to consumer ...

The world's biggest jeweller has announced it will stop selling mined diamonds, responding to consumer demand for sustainability and ethical sourcing.

Waipā tests public opinion for resource recovery centre

Rick Thorp from Xtreme Zero Waste in Raglan with Waipā District Council’s waste minimisation officer Sally Fraser.

Clothing, scrap metal and building material could find a second life if Waipā ratepayers support the idea of setting up a recovery centre.

Bin police employed to crack down on crimes against recycling video

The inspectors can put a warning sticker on a bin if it contains items which can’t be recycled.

One district has upped the ante on those chucking out waste with their recycling, a problem likely to cost ratepayers nearly $500k a year to clean up.

electric vehicles

Subaru teases its first production EV

Subaru's first-ever electric SUV will be called Solterra and share hardware with Toyota’s bZ4X.

Subaru has teased its first-ever EV, to be called Solterra.

This is Mercedes' all-electric people mover video

The EQT might be a concept for the moment, but it looks fairly close to production.

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its people-moving member of its rapidly-expanding EQ family, the EQT.

Ford teases the all-electric F-150 Lightning video

Ford has confirmed that its all-electric F-150 will use the Lightning name. The lightning bolt is a nice touch.

Ford will revive an iconic name from the F-150's past for its all-electric future.

Porsche is hard at work on its electric Macan replacement video

The electric Macan replacement is shaping up, with a reveal set for 2023.

Porsche is hard at work on its all-electric Macan replacement, and has divulged some juicy new details on the project.

Japanese students design electric car made of wood

A driver rides an electric vehicle with a body made of Owase Hinoki cypress, in Owase, Mie Prefecture.

The electric car with a body made of Japanese cypress wood can travel 50 kilometres on a single charge at up to 50kmh.

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Climate Explained: When Antarctica melts, will gravity changes stop sea-level rise?

The gravitational changes when Antarctica melts do indeed affect sea levels all over the world – but not enough to save ...

ANALYSIS: The gravitational changes when Antarctica melts do indeed affect sea levels — but not enough to save New Zealand from rising seas.

Climate Explained: What was the Medieval warm period?

As this reconstructed village shows, Vikings made it as far as Newfoundland during the Medieval warm period.

We are living in a world that is getting warmer year by year, threatening our environment and way of life. But what if these climate conditions were not exceptional?

Climate Explained: Will climate talk delay carbon reduction efforts?

China, the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, announced at the UN General Assembly 75th anniversary last month ...

A reader asks if COP26 UN climate negotiation delays will impact international action to decarbonise? An expert answers.

Are consumers willing to pay more for climate-friendly products?

Shoppers once selected grocery products based simply on price or brand, but now  attributes such as "climate-friendly" ...

Shoppers once selected grocery products based simply on price or brand, but now attributes such as "climate-friendly" or "eco-friendly" are part of the consideration.

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Wellington bus company trialling hydrogen engine add-on to reduce emissions

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Transdev is trialling a new device which could reduce diesel engine emissions by as much as 80 per cent.

Climate change could impact Marlborough's grape flavours

It’s likely there will be fewer frosts in Marlborough as a result of climate change, a new report has found.

Marlborough’s sauvignon blanc could one day lose its famed zing if temperatures – both above and below ground – keep getting warmer.

Student Army pitches in to help with native forest restoration video

Volunteers planted about 5000 trees over the course of the day on Saturday.

“It’s going to be so important for the region, given there’s virtually no native forest from the Richmond Ranges to the Tākaka Hill. It’s an incredibly generous donation to the community and the nation.”

Could we cut methane by 45 per cent by 2030?

The flares at the top of oil and gas wells capture the greenhouse gas methane and combust it, producing carbon dioxide.

A UN agency wants the world to cut emissions of one potent greenhouse gas by nearly half in 9 years. Here's what that would mean for New Zealand.

UN: Cutting methane quickly is key to curbing dangerous warming

Methane accounts for 43 per cent of all emissions (from all sources) in NZ, according to the NZ Agricultural Greenhouse ...

A fast, dramatic reduction in the super-potent greenhouse gas is the world’s best hope to slow and limit the worst of global warming, a UN report says.

Climate Explained: When Antarctica melts, will gravity changes stop sea-level rise?

The gravitational changes when Antarctica melts do indeed affect sea levels all over the world – but not enough to save ...

ANALYSIS: The gravitational changes when Antarctica melts do indeed affect sea levels — but not enough to save New Zealand from rising seas.

Let's fund new ideas for cutting carbon

By funding new ideas to help cut emissions, we can reduce the cost of transforming our economy, says Geoff Simmons. ...

OPINION: Clever thinking can mean we get to keep the benefits of modern life – such as jetting across the world to see your family – as we ditch fossil fuels.

Climate Change Minister hints at dramatic lift in home building quality

Some homebuilders choose to keep costs down by building a smaller home, and directing cash into energy efficiencies.

The Climate Change Minister says snug, dry homes – that slash energy bills and carbon – can be far cheaper than expected.

Climate Love Talks at Mussel Inn

Jacqueline Allen, of Para Para Organics, at her new community food forest site.

Nine Golden Bay residents making a positive difference for the climate will share their stories in six minutes.

Auckland's 10-year transport plan 'unlawful', lawyers claim video

Jenny Cooper, founder of Lawyers for Climate Action NZ

Lawyers for climate action deem Auckland's transport plan an unlawful emission booster.

Councils need to measure regional emissions

To manage anything you must measure it. Which is why the region needs better information on what its carbon emissions are.

We weigh ourselves if dieting, and check our bank account if saving. How will we know if we are cutting our emissions if we don't measure them?

Oceanex Energy eyes Taranaki for offshore wind farms

Oceanex Energy believes Taranaki offers one of the best options for a floating wind farm (File image).

An Australian company has plans for developing offshore and floating wind farms in Australia and New Zealand.

NZ's first certified carbon zero farm

Geoff and Justine Ross own Lake Hawea Station, the first New Zealand farm to be certified zero carbon.

Owners Geoff and Justine Ross hope theirs will be the first of many farms to earn the accolade.

How electrification will preserve our prosperity

Failing to see the economic opportunity in the transition to renewable energy is failing to see the massive shift ...

SPONSORED: Neal Barclay, chief executive of Meridian Energy explains why he wants to see more wind farms built around NZ.

7500 more homes at risk from rising sea levels in Northland video

Mangawhai resident Bruce Rogan wants to know more about the science behind Northland Regional Council’s coastal hazard ...

Mangawhai residents like Bruce Rogan are concerned at-risk properties may not be able to get insurance, impacting values.

Warm, dry winter on the way for New Zealand video

Christchurch’s Port Hills are already dry after lower than average rainfall in March.

All of the country can expect to see average or higher temperatures over the winter months, with short frosts and less rain likely.

In one lifetime, our glaciers have shrunk by half

Moving relatively quickly down a narrow and steep valley, the Franz Josef glacier is very sensitive to our warming planet.

When Baby Boomers were in nappies, New Zealand's glaciers held twice as much ice.

Glacier melt should inspire action video

Franz Josef glacier is in retreat. This was how it looked in 2019.

OPINION: Our glaciers are smaller in New Zealand, but they are melting more quickly.

Binned fish kai a wasted resource

Can Plan collect up to 3000 litres of fish waste every week which could be distributed in the community.

Bins of filleted fish from recreational fishers is going to landfill every week, but it's a waste of the waste, when it could feed a community.

Compost scheme a game-changer

Community Compost organiser Ben Bushell with “Big Bertha”, the commercial temperature-controlled composting machine used ...

Nelson's kitchen composting trial-run is only a few months in but results show thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gas per year could be wiped out by central composting.

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