Environment News - Climate, Natural Events

It's the largest number needing to be killed or adopted since 1997.

Urgent call to home Kaimanawa horses before they're killed

It's the largest number needing to be killed or adopted since 1997.

Closure signs will be placed at track entrances.

Tracks closed in Goldie Bush reserve

Tracks in Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve are closed in support of the rāhui placed to protect kauri in the Waitakere Ranges.

A blue duck, or whio.

Whio gets boost from breeding programme

The programme has supercharged efforts to repopulate central West Coast rivers with the native blue duck.

One bottle tested had more than 10,000 microplastics per litre.

Bottled water riddled with tiny bits of plastic - report

Think bottled water is purer than tap water? A new study's found just the opposite.

UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 27: Alpine Ragwort (Jacobaea alpina), Asteraceae. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Wrath of moths unleashed on ragwort

The weed is threatening native plants in Fiordland.

A Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes), aka Hoiho, listed by the IUCN as Endangered, emerges from the ocean at Curio Bay, New Zealand and rests before proceeding to its nest at sunset

Concern over declining numbers of yellow-eyed penguin

It's hoped tracking the birds' journey from NZ to the ocean will shed some light on the situation.


Chinese water exporter drills bore in Christchurch

A community action group has now launched legal action, saying it puts the city's water supply at risk.

'Family cloth' is being offered as an alternative to toilet paper.

Reusable toilet paper is apparently on the rise

But the environmentally friendly 'family cloth' has provoked a strong reaction on social media.

It is known to transmit diseases such as Ross River virus and Kunjin virus.

New mosquito species discovered near Kaipara Harbour

It is known to transmit diseases such as Ross River virus and Kunjin virus.

Argentine ants attack a native ant.

Vicious Argentine ant horde invades Raumati South

Residents say the ants are a "major threat" - and they're preparing for war.

Brown marmorated stink bug

Another boat with stink bugs turned away

Six-hundred of the bugs were found on a ship anchored near Auckland.

Kiwis currently use 1.6 billion single-use plastic bags a year

New push for plastic bag ban

The Bags Not initiative aims to stop the environment being a dumping ground.

Less than 1 percent of coffee cups are recycled in Britain.

UK discards the 'latte levy'

There will be no 25p charge on using disposable cups.

Thirty scientists from 13 countries are drilling 700 metres into the ice to study climate change.

Drilling deep into Antarctic ice to discover its secrets

200 samples reveal how the planet's climate has changed over millions of years.


Environmentalists write open letter for Ardern

Scientists, health professionals and unions want the Government to take action on climate change.

Fox Glacier Valley, Westland.

Glaciers measured after record-breaking summer

It's expected this year's survey will reveal some "pretty pathetic" glaciers.


Tropical fish spotted at Kermadecs as world's oceans warm

Fish that usually live in Tonga could be on their way to New Zealand.

Otago Regional Council plans to release the RHDV1 K5 later in March.

Carrots laid to lure rabbits to deadly virus

The virus could reduce the region's rabbit population by 40 percent.

Simon Upton.

NZ climate policy needs more 'bite' - environment watchdog

Environment Cmmr Simon Upton urges Parliament to stop the "on again, off again" approach.


Nine steps towards a zero carbon future - Environmental Commissioner

Simon Upton has released his recommendations for implementing a Zero Carbon Act.