Environment News - Climate, Natural Events


NZ's Predator Free 2050 goal blasted by academics

They say the plan is "impossible", and have offered an alternative.

A new poll has found 43-percent of people surveyed agree with how the government is tracking on climate change.

'New Zealand can be a leader on climate change' - WWF

"Kiwis are recognising that climate change is a problem we're causing, and that we can fix it."


Race to prevent oil spill from shipwreck off Whangārei

Maritime NZ is due to report back about a potential oil salvage to Minister Julie Anne Genter by August.


60 NZ companies make climate change pledge

The newly founded Climate Leaders Coalition signed the historic document on Thursday.

DoC has condemned a contractor who dumped almost 75kg of the poison in a swamp.

1080 dumpsite uncovered in Stewart Island national park

DoC has condemned a contractor who dumped almost 75kg of the poison in a swamp.


Too much confusion about plastics recycling in NZ - Commissioner

He says Kiwis face "a bewildering array of claims about plastic".

Plastic straws.

How a plastic straw ban could hurt disabled people

Some people just need the flexibility a plastic straw provides.


Council systems to stop sediment runoff aren't working - expert

Dr Shaw Mead also says the council isn't doing enough environmental monitoring.

Watch Lucy Warhurst report on turning plastic waste into the building blocks of construction.

NZ's plastics challenge: Four solutions to piling up waste

What about getting a cheeky 10c back for returning bottles?

Andy Bool of SEA LIFE Trust explains the journey for the whales.

The world's first Beluga whale sanctuary to open

It'll be the new home for Little White and Little Grey.

A plastic bag.

Al Qaeda-backed terrorist group wages war - against plastic bags

Other banned items include: music, cinemas and humanitarian organisations.

Multiple government investigations were opened into Mr Pruitt.

Controversial head of US Environmental Protection Agency quits

Scott Pruitt had multiple investigations into his conduct.

Phil Goff spoke about the dumping on The Project earlier this year.

Alleged oil drum dumpers face $600,000 fine

Mayor Phil Goff has had a gutsful.

Supermarkets are moving to ban plastic bags.

NZ oceans world's worst for birds eating plastic

Forest & Bird has presented some worrying research to Parliament.

Jon Reed is the founder of compostic, which makes plant-based bags.

Why biodegradable bags don't mean much

Compostable's the way to go, according to a plant-based bag company.


Kiwis should consider not recycling - Expert

"It's not a solution, recycling will not save the world."

Plastic bottles ready for shipping.

The opportunity and challenge of China's plastics ban

"We can't expect China or any other country to take our waste."

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff told said the council will contribute $1.1 billion to clean up Auckland's beaches.

Phil Goff to clean up Auckland beaches

"We're taking it out of the 'too hard' basket and putting more funding into it."


No risk of serious health problems from quarry dust in Christchurch

Nuisance dust levels are high and strict protocols have been established.


Countdown switching to locally sourced, recycled packaging

The change will save 177 tonnes of plastic every year from being imported to NZ