Bring in road congestion charges, says big business to Govt

Fuel retailers would be required to sell a set proportion of renewable fuels each year under one of the group’s proposals.

A business group representing farmers, oil companies and steel-makers has sent a plan to Government, with ways to bid goodbye to fossil fuels.

Will we get a new climate change minister?

As Climate Change Minister, James Shaw passed the Zero Carbon Act and reformed the emissions trading scheme. Will he be ...

After voters handed Labour a majority, James Shaw could lose his spot as Climate Change Minister. A switch could hint at the Government's climate priorities.

Too tropical — Why it won't take much to make Pacific Islands uncomfortably hot video

Samoa’s To Sua Ocean Trench is a bit of a social media celeb.

Pacific Islands are moving out of their known range of temperatures more quickly than many other countries, posing a challenge for tourism, fisheries and crops.

Without NZ First, will Labour hit the gas on electric cars?

To promote electric vehicle uptake, the next Government could introduce emissions standards and the feebate. Will it?

Experts expect the new Government will accelerate its efforts to encourage electric vehicle uptake.

The biggest thing the government will do that you've never heard of video

If managed poorly, your taxes could be spent on bailing out million-dollar homes like this.

OPINION: The new government is looking at ways to manage the effects of climate change – they're costly and potentially inequitable.

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Bring in road congestion charges, says big business to Govt

Fuel retailers would be required to sell a set proportion of renewable fuels each year under one of the group’s proposals.

A business group representing farmers, oil companies and steel-makers has sent a plan to Government, with ways to bid goodbye to fossil fuels.

Coastal Bay of Plenty among world's most sustainable destinations video

Kayaks at Karewa Island, off the coast of the Bay of Plenty.

The region is the first in New Zealand to be recognised by Green Destinations’ annual Top 100 Sustainable Destinations list.

Without NZ First, will Labour hit the gas on electric cars?

To promote electric vehicle uptake, the next Government could introduce emissions standards and the feebate. Will it?

Experts expect the new Government will accelerate its efforts to encourage electric vehicle uptake.

Green Party proposes electric trains three times a day between Picton and Christchurch

The Coastal Pacific train already travels between Picton and Christchurch, but the Green Party wants to make it electric ...

While “anything that comes to Picton” is a good thing, community leaders wonder if the numbers stack up.

The green guide to Raglan

Solscape Eco Retreat applies permaculture principles to gardening, building design and business management.

With pioneering eco-retreats and outdoor adventures galore, the beach town is an ideal option for a sustainable weekend break.

green business

Why you will need to think of a car like this from 2025 video

Car dealers would be free to import 105 Suzuki Swift 1.2 litre manual cars without penalty in 2025 if they also imported ...

Election sweeps away the obstacles for Labour's Clean Car Standard.

Bring in road congestion charges, says big business to Govt

Fuel retailers would be required to sell a set proportion of renewable fuels each year under one of the group’s proposals.

A business group representing farmers, oil companies and steel-makers has sent a plan to Government, with ways to bid goodbye to fossil fuels.

Delays for Stewart Island wind turbines

Land access issues have delayed plans for wind turbines on Stewart Island/Rakiura. [File photo]

Land access issues have delayed plans for two wind turbines on Stewart Island/Rakiura.

Do some power companies sell 100 per cent green electricity?

Renewable power sources, including wind farms, provide most of our electricity – but fossil-fuelled stations back them up.

We can't buy 100 per cent green power. But a new survey shows some power customers believe we can.

Investors tapped for $150m for "green" developments

Argosy is redeveloping 8-14 Willis Street in the Wellington CBD and is targting a Green Star “Built” rating of 6 stars. ...

Property company Argosy offers investors an investment with a 2.2 per cent interest rate to help fund "greening" of buildings.

electric vehicles

Is the e-tron Sportback the hottest SUV-coupe on sale now? video

The e-tron has always been a looker and the Sportback continues this tradition.

We drive the attractive new entry in Audi's electric e-tron family, the Sportback.

GM reveals Hummer EV pickup and it's not cheap video

General Motors has revived the Hummer brand as an all-electric pick up.

General Motors has revealed its first all-electric pick up and revived the Hummer brand with the unveiling of the $169,000 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1.

Without NZ First, will Labour hit the gas on electric cars?

To promote electric vehicle uptake, the next Government could introduce emissions standards and the feebate. Will it?

Experts expect the new Government will accelerate its efforts to encourage electric vehicle uptake.

Audi e-tron GT RS to get three electric motors

The e-tron GT will get an RS version, which could come with three motors, one more than the Porsche Taycan’s dual-motor ...

Audi looks likely to be planning an RS version of the e-tron GT with three electric motors.

GM to run robot cars without human backup

General Motor's autonomous electric Bolt EV will soon be driving the streets of San Francisco on its own after Cruise ...

General Motors' Cruise autonomous vehicle unit has been given the go-ahead to pull human backup drivers from its vehicles in San Francisco.

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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.

Climate Explained: Humans have dealt with climate variability

Arctic glaciers have melted before.

Over the past 420,000 years there have been at least four major transitions between ice ages and relatively warmer interglacial periods.

Climate Explained: Is humanity doomed?

To limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, we'll need to cut global emissions by 7.6 per cent ...

A reader asks, if in 2030 we have not reduced emissions in a way that we stay under say 2℃ (I've frankly given up on 1.5℃), are we doomed ten?

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Without NZ First, will Labour hit the gas on electric cars?

To promote electric vehicle uptake, the next Government could introduce emissions standards and the feebate. Will it?

Experts expect the new Government will accelerate its efforts to encourage electric vehicle uptake.

Farm biodiversity map highlights falcons, kākahi and glowworms

The wetland area where the first restoration planting was carried out.

Farm owners plan to plant 1000 native trees a year.

Bali sisters say 'Bye Bye Plastic Bags' play stuff

They’ve given talks at the United Nations, participated in many international climate change events, and they’re now ...

They’ve given talks at the United Nations, participated in many international climate change events, and they’re now household names in Bali.

The biggest thing the government will do that you've never heard of video

If managed poorly, your taxes could be spent on bailing out million-dollar homes like this.

OPINION: The new government is looking at ways to manage the effects of climate change – they're costly and potentially inequitable.

React or adapt to Climate Change? It's our choice video

The Pigeon Valley fire in 2019 is a close to home reminder of the effects and threats of Climate Change.

Opinion: We need to do two things now, rapidly reduce our emissions to reduce climate change and start adapting.

Marine protection of Antarctic Peninsula long overdue

Krill is a vital part of the food web in Antarctica.

Antarctica, the world’s last true wilderness, has been protected by an international treaty for the last 60 years. But the same isn’t true for most of the ocean surrounding it.

Celebrating and preserving the ocean through wine

Kōparepare brand ambassador Samantha White is passionate about ocean restoration and marine protection.

For the first six months after being born, Samantha White was raised on board the yacht which her parents used to sail the Pacific.

Emissions testing could push case for farmers to go electric video

Chris Lewis says farming practices are changing every year to keep pace with the expectations of Government, dairy ...

Pressure to record and reduce greenhouse gas emissions could fuel demand for electric powered motorbikes, tractors and other farm machinery.

Big climate decisions for the new government

The new government in charge of New Zealand will be saddled with making some of the most momentous climate decisions of ...

ANALYSIS: The next term of government will be crucial for charting NZ's course for a low-carbon world. Here are the big decisions the prime minister will have to make.

Wildlife centre's climate change information panels labelled 'misleading' video

Franz Josef Glacier is only accessible by helicopter now.

An educational display about glaciers on the West Coast features outdated and misleading claims about climate change, glaciologists say.

Will taxpayers need to buy carbon credits to meet our 2030 climate goal?

Under the Zero Carbon Act, by 2030 the country’s biogenic methane needs to be 10 per cent lower than it was in 2017.

The Environment Minister says the country's 2030 international emissions pledge is "impossible to meet" with national action alone.

Couple says 'ridiculous' council demands led to $60k bill for climate modelling video

Georgina McGrath wants to know why she and her husband - not the council - were responsible for assessing flood risks at ...

A Nelson couple says council demands for flood modelling information it should have held left them with a hefty bill for a house building project.

Tech to produce greener food from greenhouses video

Hot Lime Labs chief executive Vlatko Materic says there’s a global trend towards greenhouse food production as producers ...

A Kiwi start-up says it's on a mission to decarbonise the greenhouse industry with its new technology.

Major NZ climate report shows worse fire risk, warmer winters already here video

The remains of dwellings destroyed by fire at Lake Ohau.

'Our atmosphere and climate 2020' report reveals a hotter and, in many places, drier country that's already experiencing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

Business leaders to next Govt: Get on with it on climate change

Mike Bennetts, chief executive of Z Energy and the convenor of the Climate Leaders Coalition.

Opinion: Covid-19 isn’t respectful of border or politics, and neither is climate change. That’s why business leaders are calling for the public and private sectors to get on with what needs to be done.

Great Barrier Reef may never recover from warming play stuff

The world's largest coral reef is in serious danger. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Australia's Great Barrier Reef has ...

The UNESCO World Heritage Site and largest coral reef in the world has lost more than half its coral in the last three decades.

We're small, our emissions aren't

Dr Ann Brower

OPINION: By refusing to reduce our own emissions, New Zealand sends a signal to the rest of the world that it’s acceptable to be just like us ...

Planting, buses, e-vehicles help drive Tasman climate plan video

Volunteers from Keep Richmond Beautiful and Tasman District Council staff planting trees on Rough Island in August. ...

The planting of more than 100,000 trees and native shrubs to sequester carbon is one of the achievements listed in a Tasman District Council report card on its climate action plan.

Farmers cautious over environmental changes video

“If you want to look after the environment you're never going to do it from the office,” says dairy farmer Chris Lewis.

“If you want to look after the environment you're never going to do it from the office,” says dairy farmer Chris Lewis.

'Lucky break' spotting 50 rare octopus wins Niwa photo competition video

Crispin Middleton's photo of a football octopus in a salp won him the special award in the Niwa staff photography ...

Only a handful of people around the world have ever photographed the marine creature. Over two days in November, Crispin Middleton snapped about 600 photos of 50 of them.

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