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Hunt for oil anchors Govt's environment plan

Tuesday - 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 of climate change.

Honey hits the jackpot for steep-land believer

Tuesday - 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, writes ROBERT WRIGHT, Secretary-General of the European Renewable Ethanol Association:

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.


Australia's big emitters might yet be billed

13 Oct 14 - Australian companies could yet face a financial penalty for excessive greenhouse gas emissions.

'Business as usual' no way to run our rivers

Dr Bob Costanza ... trust needed.

13 Oct 14 - If, as delegates to the 17th International Rivers Symposium agreed, that river restoration is “the hottest topic on the planet” then the insistence by governments world-wide to ignore it is the issue.

Landcorp bio-generation scheme runs out of gas

13 Oct 14 - Landcorp's pulling of the plug on its BioGenCool manure-powered electricity generation ends the first, large-scale experiment in using milking shed cow dung to drive the milking shed itself.

Wanganui firm has place among bio pioneers

13 Oct 14 - Calls for New Zealand firms to get into bio-manufacturing omit to mention the fact that we have already been there.

We're wrong about waterways, admits Government

6 Oct 14 - The Government has admitted that official information on the state of New Zealand’s waterways is wrong.

Listen to LUCI and keep land use on the level

Dr Bethanna Jackson ... managing the land.

6 Oct 14 - A computer-modelling programme designed by a Victoria University of Wellington academic is helping to ensure that farming practices here and overseas are as sustainable and environmentally friendly...

Controlling deforestation will take more than words

6 Oct 14 - There was little at the recent UN Climate Summit in New York in the way of new climate policy announcements, but 27 countries did sign a new forest agreement — the New York Declaration on Forests.

Memo John Key: Look Pacific leaders in the eye

Kennedy Graham ... it's a card game.

29 Sep 14 - The Government is being challenged to invite the leaders of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati to come and tell Parliament what they think of New Zealand’s climate change policies.

Win some, lose some ... that's climate change

Northern Australia ... getting wetter.

29 Sep 14 - With climate change, you win some, you lose some. New research shows that suitable new cropland could become available in the high latitudes as the world warms − but tropical regions may become...

Australia seems to be overlooking bioenergy

29 Sep 14 - When we think of renewable energy, it’s easy to picture spinning wind turbines or rooftop solar panels. But what about bioenergy?

Off to the tip ... 33,000 polystyrene cups

29 Sep 14 - Waikato University every year sends 33,000 polystyrene cups to the landfill.

We're spending millions, say green-wise farmers

22 Sep 14 - Manawatu-Whanganui region farmers have spent an average $110,000 each over the past five years on measures to protect the environment, according to a Federated Farmers survey.


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