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California trees have billion-dollar street value

Today 11:00am - Researchers calculate the huge environmental and economic benefits to taxpayers of the trees that line many streets in California’s cities and suburbs.

How science can strengthen endangered plants

Today 11:00am - As the human population swells – and in the face of a changing and unpredictable climate – the demand for natural resources increases. This leads to distressing rates of deforestation to prepare land for agriculture, medicinal and forestry products. Related to this is an alarming reduction in species worldwide.

Officials tell why we need a carbon price floor

Thursday - A carbon price floor would be challenging but would give businesses certainty and guarantee foresters a price that made planting trees worthwhile, officials told the Government.

Experts offer help to victims of solar charge

Wednesday - Greenpeace has pooled its renewable energy and legal experts to create a solar hot desk to help people affected by New Zealand’s first charge for using solar energy.

Fonterra nod pleases bioenergy industry

Brian Cox

20 Jun 16 - The approval for Fonterra to build a new milk-drying plant that will be partially fuelled by wood is a step forward for the diary giant, says the Bioenergy Association.

Portal holds our plantation forest facts

20 Jun 16 - Information about the environmental and social performance of New Zealand’s plantation forests – including their ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere – is now available online.

Climate warming raises global economic threats

20 Jun 16 - Research shows that the effects of extreme heat and weather events on production of raw materials has far-reaching and costly financial implications.


Islands could become first 100% renewable nations

17 Jun 16 - The rich world might soon be shown up by small, tropical island nations which have plenty of wind and sun and aren’t lumbered with outdated, base-load power plants to keep running.

Carbon should trade in limited range, says forester

Thomas Song

15 Jun 16 - New Zealand’s carbon prices should be kept within a band of $15 to $50, says a forestry company that has played a leading role in developing the carbon market.

COAL PART 2: Window on an ancient world

13 Jun 16 - As the world moves to combat climate change, it’s increasingly doubtful that coal will continue to be a viable energy source, because of its high greenhouse gas emissions. But coal played a vital...

Introducing: The bionic leaf that could fuel a revolution

13 Jun 16 - Renewable energy experts and microbiologists have teamed up to create a super-efficient artificial leaf that uses photosynthesis to produce carbon-neutral liquid fuels.

COAL PART 1: King of the Industrial Revolution, but not always on the right path

10 Jun 16 - As the world moves to combat climate change, it’s increasingly doubtful that coal will continue to be a viable energy source, because of its high greenhouse gas emissions. But coal played a vital...

Carbon price up 10.9% since subsidy dumped

3 Jun 16 - Carbon prices have climbed 10.9 per cent in the week since the phase-out of the one-for-two subsidy was announced.

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Southland sets the new-energy style

Steve Canny

2 Jun 16 - New Zealand needs regional emissions reduction targets as well as a national target, our southern- most region says.

More work still needed on ETS, say foresters

Brian Stanley

30 May 16 - Phasing out the one-for-two carbon subsidy is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to get the Emissions Trading Scheme working - including bringing agriculture in - says the Wood...

Consultants reply to Solarcity crticism of report

30 May 16 - Last week, solar energy company Solarcity criticised a report by Concept Consulting, which said switching to electric vehicles would do more to cut greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand than...

We’re kidding ourselves if we think we can reset Earth’s damaged ecosystems

30 May 16 - Earth is in a land-degradation crisis.

Why energy crops have been a major flop with farmers

30 May 16 - Whatever happened to energy crops? A decade ago, the UK authorities confidently expected farmers to devote swaths of land to growing the likes of short-rotation willow and poplar and perennial...

Farming’s dirty needs have a deadly effect

27 May 16 - Farming is a dirty business – so dirty now that, according to new research, air pollution from agriculture in the form of fine particles of lung-choking dust outweighs all other human sources of that...


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