Cathedral bells ring out as New Zealand welcomes godwits after longest migration

City of Nelson welcomes arrival of migratory bird after 10,000km of non-stop flight from the Arctic.

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New Zealand is not as clean or green as we think – plastic waste is polluting our land

Ignorance about plastic recycling has tricked us into guilt-free consumption – decision makers have to give us sustainable options.

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Climate change pushes New Zealand to warmest recorded winter

The southern winter that just ended in New Zealand was the warmest ever recorded, and scientists say that climate change is driving temperatures ever higher.

Study: Which countries will best survive a collapse?

A pair of English researchers found that New Zealand is best poised to stay up and running as climate change continues to wreak global havoc. Other scientists found flaws in their model.

In a New Zealand estuary, I closed my eyes and floated. It turned out the water was toxic

To explore what it means to swim is also to ask what is at stake in a place becoming unswimmable – for other beings, too, who also need water to live.

Rachel Cernansky: What western society can learn from Indigenous communities

The scientific method is designed to be indifferent to morals or values, but “Indigenous knowledge puts them back in.”

Government considers new limits on bottom trawling

New information gathered by conservation group WWF shows virgin sea bed covering an area three times the size of Auckland has been trawled over the past decade.

‘We need to become the solution’: older New Zealanders join climate change fight

Younger people have been more aware of the risks compared with older groups, but over the past decade that has changed.

New Zealand experiences hottest June on record despite polar blast

Despite a polar blast that swept through New Zealand last week, figures from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research's show the average temperature for June was 2C warmer than usual, with twenty-four locations around the country hitting their own record highs.


New Zealand to ban most single-use plastics by 2025

Ban on plastics including cotton buds, packaging, cutlery, straws and fruit labels to be phased in from next year.

Climate change - onward and upward, or disastrously downward

Will electric vehicles be able to handle the steep and tough road Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern acknowledges stretches ahead of us following the release of the Climate Change Commission's final report?

Joe Biden considers protections for climate change refugees after New Zealand case

No nation offers asylum or other legal protections to people displaced specifically because of climate change. President Joe Biden's administration is studying the idea, and climate migration is expected to be discussed at his first climate summit.


New Zealand introduces climate change law for financial firms in world first

New Zealand has become the first country to introduce a law that will require banks, insurers and investment managers to report the impacts of climate change on their business, minister for climate change James Shaw says.

Ancient New Zealand kauri trees tell a climate change story

Buried in mud for millennia, some of the hulking kauri trees in rural Northland are portals to the past, present, and future of Earth’s climate.

New Zealand government requested to rethink position on glyphosate use after honey rejection

Figures from the Japan's Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare show this year five New Zealand honey shipments, including one as recently as March, have been rejected by Japan for exceeding the country's accepted trace levels for Glyphosate weed killer.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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