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May 27, 2016 – 4:00 am |

A Victoria University of Wellington study shows that retrofitting New Zealand’s commercial buildings to use less fossil fuel-generated energy could save enough energy to power many homes in the South Island.
Research from Shaan Cory, who …

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Kakariki birds reclaiming their place in the world

February 14, 2016 – 4:00 am |

The Nelson Mail reported that 16 more yellow-crowned parakeets were released into the Abel Tasman National Park this week.  Over the past two years a total of 38 kakariki have been released into the park as …

Government boost to waterway restoration thanks to NZ’s first conservation crowdfunding website

February 9, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Waterway restoration in New Zealand will be boosted over the next three years with the announcement today of $180,000 in funding for the Million Metres Streams Project from the Department of Conservation.
The Community Conservation Partnership Fund will help speed …

Marlborough wetland finally returning to its original state thanks to volunteer work

February 7, 2016 – 4:00 am |

The Marlborough Express reported this week that the largest remaining wetland in Marlborough Para is returning to its natural, pristine state, after years of ridding the area of willow trees.
The progrèss is thanks to work …

Sydney: Clean battery power on tap at student residence

January 27, 2016 – 10:21 am |

More climate friendly news from Sydney:
A Newtown housing cooperative will be the first in Australia to use a solar and battery storage system to produce energy for a multi-unit residence housing dozens of students.
The project …

Sydney’s canopy sprouts green, cool future

January 25, 2016 – 7:54 am |

I’m loving Sydney’s ongoing story of becoming a carbon neutral city.  I think New Zealand should be looking to Sydney for an example of a city who has made a commitment and is aligning all …

CRN success in large-scale reuse approach

January 19, 2016 – 2:53 pm |

Ākina Foundation
One person’s junk is another person’s treasure has been put into practice with a new approach to inorganic collection in Auckland.
The Community Recycling Network (CRN) is contracted by Auckland Council to distribute goods collected …

Scottish scientists delighted to discover earthworms the size of snakes

January 18, 2016 – 12:26 pm |

Stuff report that enormous earthworms, some as big as 41cm long, have been discovered at the Isle of Rum, off Scotland.  Scientists say undisturbed, rich soil and predator free conditions have allowed the earthworms to …

Five new countries honored for treating their people and environments well

January 15, 2016 – 4:00 am |

BERKELEY, USA (January 2016 — Ecotourism-Newswire.com)
What do Grenada, Micronesia, Mongolia, Panama, and Tuvalu have in common? All five countries are making impressive strides to conserve natural resources, support human rights and protect animals. They are …

A bright idea to protect local wildlife from cats

December 1, 2015 – 9:30 pm |

Victoria University
Bright-coloured collars that could reduce the amount of prey caught by cats will be trialled in a joint Victoria University of Wellington and Wellington City Council project.
The collar covers—a tube of brightly-coloured fabric which …

Urban forest cleans air better than cutting traffic in climate friendly sydney

November 12, 2015 – 4:24 pm |

UTS researchers have found that the City of Sydney’s plans to increase tree canopy by 50 per cent could have a bigger impact on reducing air pollution than a reduction in traffic.
The year-long study, in …

Massive boost to marine protection as New Zealand announces Kermadec ocean sanctuary 

October 7, 2015 – 8:21 pm |

WWF-New Zealand media release

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has announced the creation of a massive ocean sanctuary in the Kermadec region, a move applauded by conservationists for protecting one of the world’s most pristine …

New Zealanders rise to the occasion for Great Kererū Count 2015

October 1, 2015 – 4:00 am |

Record participation in the Great Kererū Count 2015 has been welcomed by conservationists and scientists who say New Zealanders have embraced efforts to count our native pigeon.

The nationwide count ended last night (Sunday 27 Sept) …

Kereru count off to a flying start

September 25, 2015 – 1:41 pm |
Kereru count off to a flying start

WWF media release
The Great Kererū Count is off to a flying start, with nearly double the number of observations made during the first five days compared to last year.
“Despite the awful weather, New Zealanders have …

Aorere, Golden Bay, wins top New Zealand River award

September 24, 2015 – 2:00 am | One Comment
Aorere, Golden Bay, wins top New Zealand River award

International RiverFoundation has announced four finalists for the first Morgan Foundation New Zealand Riverprize, reflecting the high quality of work that is being undertaken in river restoration across the country.
The four finalists in the 2015 …

Kiwis asked to make kererū count this week!

September 22, 2015 – 2:20 pm |

The Great Kererū Count is about to take flight, with New Zealanders across the country being asked to keep their eyes on the skies to help scientists build up a comprehensive picture of where our …

Forward-thinking cities working together to tackle climate change 

September 15, 2015 – 1:20 pm |

Leaders from 13 cities representing almost one hundred million people are visiting Sydney this week to workshop ways to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions and tackle climate change globally.
Experts from cities including Tokyo, New York, …

Kiwi innovators from research labs to garden sheds and everywhere in-between encouraged to apply for WWF’s conservation innovation awards

September 8, 2015 – 4:00 am |

The search is on for new ideas that will enhance the conservation effort in New Zealand.

With WWF’s Conservation Innovation Awards now open for a second year, the nationwide quest for the next big thing in …

Guess what? There are more seven times more trees on our planet than we thought

September 7, 2015 – 4:00 am |

GOOD Magazine reports that new research shows where as we once thought we had 40 billion trees on planet earth, we actually have three trillion.  This words out at over four hundred trees per person. …

Drive to improve energy efficiency speeds up as Sydney cuts emissions

August 21, 2015 – 12:04 pm |

City of Sydney
The City of Sydney has adopted a ground-breaking plan that shows how businesses and residents can increase energy efficiency and save more than $600 million in power bills by 2030.
City of Sydney councillors …

Melbourne working to double forest canopy to cover nearly half of the city by 2040

July 28, 2015 – 4:00 am |

Imagine if New Zealand followed Melbourne’s example: The City of Melbourne has an ambitious Urban Forest Strategy seeking to double canopy cover to 40 per cent by 2040.  They have an Open Space Strategy aiming to increase …

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