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Dutch judges deliver their decision.

Dutch court orders state to slash greenhouse emissions

Monday - A Dutch court has ordered the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by at least 25 per cent by 2020, in a case that could serve as a blueprint for activists around the world.

Indian developer might junk giant Australian coal project

Monday - India’s Adani Group is likely to withdraw from the $16 billion Australian coal mining project, touted as the world's largest, due to concerns over softening international coal prices, relentless attacks by environmentalists and delay in regulatory clearances.

If everyone lived in an ecovillage, the Earth would still be in trouble

Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland.

Monday - We are used to hearing that if everyone lived in the same way as North Americans or Australians, we would need four or five planet Earths to sustain us.

Renewable energy redoubles its global reach

Solar panels on sale at a shop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Monday - A significant threshold has been crossed by renewable energy as analysts report that the sectorʼs size last year reached double the level it was at just 10 years earlier.

Australia can halve emissions by 2030, says new analysis

Monday - Australia can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, according to analysis by ClimateWorks.

The carbon tax wasn’t a ‘slug’ to the economy and Direct Action may be a waste of money

Greg Hunt ... Direct Action better.

Monday - Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, writing in the Fairfax opinion pages, has said that the now abolished carbon tax was a far more expensive way to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions than the Direct Action policy that replaced it.

Solar fuels: how planes and cars could be powered by the sun

Monday - Most people are aware of solar photovoltaics that generate electricity and solar panels that produce hot water. But there is another thrust of solar research: turning sunlight into liquid fuels.


WORLD TODAY: World’s aquifers losing replenishment race

Monday - * Outcry as UK plans to privatise green bank * Climate change can destroy 50 years of health and development * Gates to invest $2bn in breakthrough renewable energy projects * Obama sets sizzling...

Prospect of warmer winters doesn’t mean fewer deaths

Winters may get milder in cities such as Paris, but respiratory diseases are a greater danger than cold.

Monday - Global warming is unlikely to mean that fewer people in northern latitudes will die from cold during the winter, according to a study by scientists in the United States.

How Rwanda’s clinics have gone off-grid and on to renewable energy

Rwanda faces energy isues and renewable energy in rural parts of the country is vital for healthcare.

Monday - Rwanda is located in the poorest region in the world, sub-Saharan Africa. Despite this, it is making advances with off-grid renewable energy solutions for rural areas that could be a model for...

In search of a circular office

Monday - Wanted: a company to be the world’s first official circular-economy-model office.

What the Pope said about the trouble we're in

Pope Francis ... we are not God.

22 Jun 15 - In a document remarkable for its sweep and its depth, Pope Francis last week unveiled his long-awaited encyclical on the environment, in essence calling on humanity to address a climate and...

Waste to wealth: the hidden potential of waste from fruit

Using fruit waste in a sustainable manner can have economic benefits for industries.

22 Jun 15 - South Africa produces millions of tonnes of fruit each year that are exported, consumed locally, or processed into value-added products such as juice, canned fruit or wine.

Rise in CO2 could restrict growing days for crops

Food stalls at a market in Kamuli, eastern Uganda.

22 Jun 15 - While plants in temperate zones may benefit from higher temperatures, global warming’s impact in the tropics threatens catastrophe for food security.

WORLD TODAY: The Earth stands on the brink of its sixth mass extinction and the fault is ours

22 Jun 15 - * Is Russia moving toward a fracking future? * Carbon emissions from aircraft endanger human health, says US * Venezuela: The climate paradox of the petro-state * It’s Prost v Senna again – and...

India blames heatwave deaths on climate change

Sunrise on another baking hot day in southern India, where temperatures have reached 47° this year.

22 Jun 15 - Fierce temperatures in India doubled the heat-related deaths normally recorded in May − and the government insists natural causes are not to blame.

University site dishes the dirt on soils

22 Jun 15 - Want to know more about the stuff that grows our food, filters our water, stores carbon and does a host of other critical stuff?

Insurance industry leaders must stand up, says UN

22 Jun 15 - The insurance industry has been told it must play a strong role in shaping a more sustainable future.

Quote of the week

Tau Henare

22 Jun 15 - “Even if you drive between here (Auckland) and Huntly you see these lovely beautiful rolling hills, it is green and I don’t take too much truck with people who continually say that we are selling a...


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Canon opens grants programme

8 Jun 15 - Canon New Zealand is calling for not-for-profit organisations and schools...

Japan and Mongolia switch on to planting plan

8 Jun 15 - Panasonic’s international tree-planting project has hit Japan and China.

Artificial grass goes green

8 Jun 15 - Artificial grass just went green with Eco Lawn providing new eco-friendly...

Bank's Auckland office wins green accolade

18 May 15 - Innovative design and exemplary waste minimisation has helped BNZ to achieve a...

Fibreboard coffins out, pine caskets in

11 May 15 - Davis Funerals now uses caskets that are better for the environment.

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