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Minister knows of water woes, but public information tap is turned off

Monday - Finance Minister Bill English has been told something about fresh water – but the public isn’t allowed to know what it is.

Green groups want say on Ruataniwha changes

Monday - Environmental groups want to have their say on a late tweak to the conditions imposed on the proposed $230 million Ruataniwha dam in Hawke's Bay in a High Court challenge.

Expand climate portfolio, says Mahuta

Nanaia Mahuta ... better targets.

Monday - The Cabinet portfolios of agriculture and climate change should be given to the same person, says Labour Party leadership hopeful Nanaia Mahuta.

Lakes expert to spotlight water quality

Monday - An American water quality expert who has studied and modelled the effects of nutrients in American lakes will be sharing his knowledge at a public forum in Rotorua this week.

Diet's effects on emissions give food for thought

Monday - American researchers confirm that a shift to vegetarian, Mediterranean or fish-based diets would cut greenhouse gases, conserve forests and savannah, and have a big impact on obesity-linked health problems.

Trustpower's Aussie wind farm breezes along

Big wind ... Snowtown wind farm in South Australia.

10 Nov 14 - The second stage of Kiwi company Tustpower's project to build South Australia's largest wind farm has been launched, ahead of time and under budget.

EU plans power supergrid to boost renewables

10 Nov 14 - An electricity supergrid is being planned to connect all 28 European Union countries and provide them with insurance against power blackouts.


US drought shows why the price of water should rise

10 Nov 14 - Last January, California Governor Jerry Brown declareda State of Emergency following projections of severe drought.

At last, there's a glimpse of an ETS in Australia

3 Nov 14 - With the passage of the Emissions Reduction Fund through the Senate last week, Australia's federal government has taken a step toward achieving the country's minimum target to reduce greenhouse gas...

Tararua turbines set power-output record

Record-breaker ... Tararua wind farm.

3 Nov 14 - Two New Zealand wind turbines have set a world record for output.

Southern winery wins green award ... again

Peter Yealands ... significant.

3 Nov 14 - A Marlborough winery that uses miniature sheep to tidy around its vines has won another sustainability award.

Salt-poisoning a growing threat to crops

3 Nov 14 - Salt is poisoning around 2000 hectares of irrigated farm land every day – and has been doing so for the past 20 years, according to new research.

Hunt for oil anchors Govt's environment plan

28 Oct 14 - The National Party is leading off its environmental package for its new term in power with plans to encourage more oil exploration – despite the burning of fossil fuels being the single biggest cause...

Honey hits the jackpot for steep-land believer

28 Oct 14 - In 2010, Taranaki farmer Neil Walker was enthusiastic about the potential for a combination of carbon farming and beekeeping to rejuvenate steep-land farming.

Chile's new tax could open carbon doors for NZ

Dr Suzi Kerr ... enormous opportunities.

20 Oct 14 - Chile’s new carbon tax potentially offers New Zealand an opportunity to offset some of its own agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, says economist Dr Suzi Kerr.

A new agricultural economy is knocking on the door

Robert Wright ... leadership is needed.

20 Oct 14 - Europe should be pushing for the rapid expansion of its network of biorefineries, to produce European food, fuel and feed, as well as a range of other high-value products that replace fossil fuels,...

Problem seaweed could provide biofuel solution

20 Oct 14 - It has often been used as a farmland fertiliser, and in some communities it is eaten as a vegetable, but now researchers believe that seaweed could power our cars and heat our homes.

Fish-catching technique nets innovation award

20 Oct 14 - A technique allowing wild fish to be landed live – and released if necessary – has won the supreme title in the New Zealand Innovators' Awards.

New Zealand is drying out ... and here’s why

13 Oct 14 - Over 2012 and 2013, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years.


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