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Climate change puts the squeeze on coffee belt

21 Dec 16 - As a famous old song says, they’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil. But if the findings of New Zealand and Australian researchers are right, that will change over the next 30 years.

New ways are Labour's way, says Little

19 Dec 16 - Labour Party leader Andrew Little says he’s backing the low-carbon economy as the future for New Zealand.

Farming faces pressure from global methane rise

16 Dec 16 - A rapid increase in global methane emissions could put New Zealand under renewed international pressure to cut greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

New emissions reduction plan business as usual

15 Dec 16 - The Government’s plan to cut the emissions intensity from industrial heat generation by 1 per cent a year is just business as usual, and will do little to achieve New Zealand’s Paris Agreement commitment.

The stuff we've put on Earth weighs 30 trillion tonnes

15 Dec 16 - Scientists have calculated the mass of that unnatural achievement called the “technosphere”, demonstrating the scale of human activity that drives climate change.

Govt targets industrial sector in new energy strategy

13 Dec 16 - The Government has unveiled plans to cut the emissions intensity of the country’s industrial sector by 1 per cent a year.

Methane’s rapid spurt puts pressure on climate fight

After the permafrost thaws: Frozen methane bubbles, Alaska.

13 Dec 16 - One year ago today, with huge relief, scarcely able to believe their achievement, world leaders finally agreed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.


Greens' bill calls for sustainability reporting

James Shaw

12 Dec 16 - A proposal to make the Government report on environmental and social progress alongside economic performance is to go before Parliament.

Tinkering with plants helps to boost crop yields

12 Dec 16 - Plant scientists in the US have devised a new way to enhance the efficiency of crops: tune up the biochemical machinery of plants such as wheat, rice, maize, or even cabbages, to make the best of the...

Healthy soils could start at the dairy shed

8 Dec 16 - Bio-waste from places like dairy sheds can be used to transform degraded soils into top-producing land, research is showing.

GLASS GIANTS: How cities are forcing skyscrapers to evolve

8 Dec 16 - Slick, glassy skyscrapers cast their shadows over the streets and spaces of cities all over the world.

Pay farmers to fix environment, say scientists

7 Dec 16 - Up-front payments of $400 a kilogram to cut nitrogen run-off from farms would see dairy farms turned into forests, Government-funded research shows.

CLIMATE CALL: Waterway plantings worth billions

6 Dec 16 - New Zealand will be billions of dollars a year better off if it plants trees along waterways.

Cement develops an appetite for C02

5 Dec 16 - Three new studies illuminate the sheer complexity of the aspect of climate science known as the carbon cycle − how carbon dioxide gets into the atmosphere and out again.

Engineers turn old tyres into quality oil and fuel

1 Dec 16 - Old tyres can be completely recycled into low-emission diesel engine oil, says a team of engineers.

Households cut emissions by 11%, says report

Suzi Kerr

30 Nov 16 - The average New Zealand household’s emissions fell 11 per cent between 2006 and 2012, new research shows.

World warming almost certain to affect wheat yields

30 Nov 16 - Farmers and consumers have just been issued another warning: global warming will almost certainly reduce wheat yields.

Rural bank warns farmers of green backlash

29 Nov 16 - A rural bank is warning New Zealand farmers that poor environmental performance could create trade barriers against their produce.

Bolivia battles water crisis as glaciers vanish

28 Nov 16 - The government of Bolivia has been forced to declare a state of emergency as it faces its worst drought for at least 25 years.


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