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Nine billion reasons to get rid of our forest pests

23 Mar 15 - The economic benefits of wiping out possums, rats, mice and mustelids in New Zealand would outweigh the costs, latest research shows.

No matter how you cut it, the answer is ecosystem services

23 Mar 15 - As a professor of ecology, Shahid Naeem knows all too well that there’s no shortage of environmental ills to keep us awake at night – global warming, the spread of diseases, dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico, collapsing fisheries, mass extinction, and a hundred other things that are the stock and trade of environmental doomsayers.

Lots of hot air about heat, but why is no one talking about sustainable cooling?

23 Mar 15 - Without cooling, the supply of food, medicine and data would simply break down.

Earth at risk in new epoch ruled by destructive humans

23 Mar 15 - Nature has been replaced by humans as the driving force behind changes on the planet − and we need to take urgent action if we are to avoid our own destruction.

Why is low-carbon energy innovation so slow? You can thank Economics 101

23 Mar 15 - The world needs a lot of energy. Global energy demand is expected to increase by 37 per cent percent over the next 25 years, according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2014.

Powerful wind blows through US energy sector

23 Mar 15 - By KIERAN COOKE.- The wind turbines are turning across America, and a major report by the US Department of Energy says the wind energy sector now supplies 4.5 per cent of the nation’s electricity.

Chemical fertilisers poison our water, says study

16 Mar 15 - Waterways – including human drinking supplies – are being poisoned by excessive use of chemical fertilisers, new research shows.


Biobattery breakthrough boosts waste-to-energy revolution

9 Mar 15 - Competition to make biofuels out of waste products that would otherwise have to be dumped is creating a fast-growing, worldwide industry.

Carbon could be key to better water, says researcher

9 Mar 15 - Adding carbon dioxide to waste water could improve water quality, says a NIWA scientist undertaking doctoral biological research at the University of Canterbury.

Prices fail to reflect real costs of fossil fuels

9 Mar 15 - Forget the price of petrol at the pumps. The true cost of any fossil fuel is much greater if social costs are factored in, according to new research.

Waikato mine delayed, not on hold, says Fonterra

2 Mar 15 - Fonterra subsidiary Glencoal has denied suggestions that it has put its plans for an opencast mine in the Waikato on hold indefinitely following public opposition.

Let's cut emissions, not worry about how

2 Mar 15 - Australia had an emissions trading scheme with a fixed price; it was one good way to encourage carbon cuts throughout the economy.

Farming boom leaves ecosystems in danger of collapse

Price of progress ... this lake is not supposed to be green.

2 Mar 15 - China’s push for more intense farming has kept its city dwellers well-fed and has helped to lift millions of rural workers out of poverty … but it has come at a cost.

When it comes to N in effluent – fresher is better

2 Mar 15 - MEDIA RELEASE: The fresher the better – that’s one of the findings of new research which shows available nitrogen from farm dairy effluent diminishes the longer the effluent is stored.

Joining forces for predator control

2 Mar 15 - MEDIA RELEASE: The dairy industry has joined with NEXT Foundation and Department of Conservation to dramatically transform the way invasive predators are managed on mainland New Zealand.

ETS nothing but 'words, fishhooks and traps,' says Palmer

Sir Geoffrey Palmer ... defective law.

23 Feb 15 - New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme legislation is so full of “words, fishhooks and traps” that giving sound legal advice on it to businesses is almost impossible, says one of our leading legal...

New Zealand’s defective law on climate change, by Sir Geoffrey Palmer

23 Feb 15 - Distinguished law fellow Sir Geoffrey Palmer, QC, has been at or near the heart of our attempts to tackled climate change for nearly three decades.

Jobs v environment: the debate Queensland can end

Annastacia Palaszczuk ... can she deliver?

23 Feb 15 - Queensland has a new Labor minority government, led by Annastacia Palaszczuk, after the shock defeat of the Liberal National Party.

Can wave energy rise to the challenge in Australia?

Power point ... a float called an actuator is lowered into the water off Perth.
Photo Credit: AAP photo

23 Feb 15 - A pioneering wave farm off Perth now generating electricity is an exciting and welcome development.


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