Environment News - Climate, Natural Events


Report reveals serious challenges for NZ rivers

Now 72 percent of native fish are considered threatened with extinction.

Helen Plylar says the snakes should be treated with care and respect, not hate and fear (sssnakeysci / Twitter)

Camouflaged killer: Can you spot the culprit in this photo?

A scientist's proven how effective the creature is at camouflage, posting a photo which has stumped the internet.


Appetite for destruction: The caterpillars which devour plastic

The answer to the world's plastic peril could be a humble caterpillar - and the discovery was a complete accident.


Award-winning sensor will give farmers power to save rivers

Its creator says farmers, not politicians, control the fate of our rivers.

The future is looking more and more bleak for the wildlife of the Arctic, especially the polar bears. These bears rely on the sea ice to hunt their favorite prey, seals, and this large male bear seen here, seems to be looking across the Arctic in disbelief as his world disappears beneath him.

Melting Arctic could cost world trillions

Scientists say it may cost the world between NZ$10 trillion and NZ$128 trillion this century.

New Zealand falcon kārearea (Getty)

Protected NZ falcon shot dead in paddock

The culprit faces jail and a $100,000 fine.


Rapidly shrinking Arctic ice alarms scientists

This past winter, temperatures have soared 10degC higher than usual.


NZ pine pollen found 11,000m under the sea

It suggests pollen may be a food source for some deep-sea organisms.

An aerial view of the Kaskawulsh Glacier taken in September (Dan Shugar / University of Washington Tacoma)

Why a Canadian river dried up in four days

The Slims River flowed the same way for 300 years, now it's a victim of climate change.


What this massive crack in Antarctica means

A massive iceberg around 5000 square km threatens to crack off.


A pipeline through a kiwi sanctuary might not be so bad

Isobel Ewing wonders if the opposition is ideological rather than based on facts and evidence.


Is this clever invention the end of plastic water bottles?

Bottled water is a booming industry but it's terrible for the environment - so one company came up with a way to fix it.


'Whalecam' captures secret life of humpbacks

Little cameras attached to the whales provide a unique view into their habits.


Green light for huge water extraction project on West Coast

It was opposed by UNESCO.


We should be embarrassed about how DoC is treated

DoC is horribly underfunded and it doesn't add up, writes Jesse Mulligan.


Akaroa residents poo-poo new sewage ponds

Residents are fighting a plan that could put sewage ponds near their homes.


$26m could save endangered Māui dolphin

A major conservation group says it has found a way to save the world's rarest dolphin.


Climate change could spark coffee crisis - study

Even short heatwaves mean no fruit. No fruit means no beans. No beans means no coffee.

Hayley Holt at a hemp farm in the UK (Hayley Holt /Facebook)

Holt establishes her 'green' credentials

She believes hemp should be easier to buy, sell and grow.


The Greens can't run a river visit to a river

Wednesday's PR stunt was a total disaster, writes Isobel Ewing.