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Environment reports cast eye over NZ efforts

Monday - Two major environmental reports and a new sustainability law are on the agenda this week.

Measures of contentment still ignore the environment

16 Mar 17 - Without nature, humans could be neither healthy nor happy. And yet the natural world can be completely ransacked without causing even a tiny blip on our usual measures of economic progress or poverty.

Scientists track down travelling droughts

14 Mar 17 - The biggest and worst droughts might not stay fixed in one place but can travel thousands of kilometres from their origin, according to a new study.

Flight to greener aviation fuel has hit turbulence

The Airbus 319 burns 640 gallons of fuel per hour | Nordroden

1 Mar 17 - When it comes to reducing carbon emissions, one of the biggest hurdles is the world’s addiction to flying.

Europe takes tough line on shipping emissions

27 Feb 17 - The European Parliament has lost patience with shipping industry inaction over climate change and has outlined plans to include vessels in its Emissions Trading System.

Forget Trump, keep your eyes on China

24 Feb 17 - A leading UK voice in the debate on climate change says more attention should be paid to positive action being taken to tackle CO2 emissions in China rather than worrying about the US and Donald Trump.

Samba drums up opposition to factory farming

21 Feb 17 - Concern about the environmental impact of industrialised farming through the use of pesticides and the destruction of the rainforest has even spread to Brazil’s famous Rio carnival.


Tourism can make the world cleaner and greener

7 Feb 17 - OPINION | Tourism can be a force for good – depending how you do it, say World Tourism Organisation director-general TALEB RIFAI, United Nations Environment executive-director ERIK SOLHEIM and UNFCCC...

UN will reward game-changing climate change ideas

1 Feb 17 - Organisations, cities, industries, governments and others taking a lead on tackling climate change can nominate their game-changing projects for a United Nations award.

Electric vehicles drive to overtake biofuels

25 Jan 17 - By 2040, the number of electric cars in the world could have reached 715 million, says the International Energy Agency.

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...

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.

NZX drags chain on sustainability standards

6 Dec 16 - Nearly two dozen more stock exchanges are bringing in sustainability reporting standards – but NZX is not one of them.

More and more people are getting into bigger trouble

2 Dec 16 - On average, one person is displaced each second by a disaster-related hazard. In global terms, that’s about 26 million people a year.

UN plans early warning network as climate risks soar

23 Nov 16 - As summers get hotter, seas get warmer and extreme wind and rainstorms inflict ever-greater loss of human life and property, the World Meteorological Organisation is trying to develop an early...

NZ doctor gives Marrakech a message

Dr Rhys Jones

22 Nov 16 - A New Zealand doctor told world leaders gathering in Marrakech that human rights must be protected as the world takes action on climate change.

Musings from Marrakech ...

18 Nov 16 - Green Party MP Dr Kennedy Graham, a former diplomat and veteran of international climate change negotiations, reports from the latest round, in Marrakech.

Tokelau comes under the Paris Agreement umbrella

17 Nov 16 - New Zealand is extending its ratification of the Paris Agreement to include Tokelau.


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