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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.

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Toxics

Study shows popular insecticides harm birds in the United States

Study on the effects of neonicotinoids on birds in the US from 2008–2014.
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Climate

The Big Dry: 18 reasons why an Auckland drought became a water crisis

With climate change and population growth, could we not have better predicted and prepared for Auckland's water shortage?

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Toxics

PFAS contamination: Ministry stands by advice despite new report in Australia

The Ministry for the Environment is sticking by its health advice about firefighting foam contamination - such as that surrounding Ōhakea Air Force Base - despite new findings in Australia.

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Climate

Climate change: 'Temporary break' for NZ glaciers won't save them

NZ's glaciers have fared slightly better this summer - but the bigger picture remains bad.
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Toxics

Scientists name new deep-sea species Eurythenes plasticus to highlight pollution

Scientists who discovered a new marine animal, in one of the deepest places on earth, were so concerned at finding plastic in its stomach they named it Eurythenes plasticus.

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Water

How dung beetles can help keep waterways clean

Beetle tunnelling reduces soil compaction and increases aeration. Dung burial results in increased grass root growth, leading to better retention of dung and urine in the soil.

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Climate

That got them going!

Should schools be telling kids what they should and shouldn't eat?
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Climate

Big Science: Can we stop Antarctica's collapse?

It packs the potential to raise our oceans by metres. Will West Antarctica collapse?
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Population

How tourism is 'eroding' NZ's world-famous environment

"The sheer numbers of people are eroding the sense of isolation, tranquillity and access to nature that many overseas tourists seek when visiting New Zealand."

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Climate

Jacinda Ardern to take climate change stage in New York, but is her record strong enough?

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to unveil a New Zealand-led trade initiative to remove tariffs on climate change technology and cut global fossil fuel subsidies while in New York this week.

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Climate

Rising seas: New Zealand must 'put brakes on' coastal development

Scientists have warned against developing in coastal areas as data reveals climate threat.
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Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution from giant sandbags threatens Baylys beach

The sandbags at the entrance to the beach are falling apart - but who's responsible?
Climate

Climate change Mammoth in room largely being ignored

If people worldwide still struggle to look doomsday in the eye amid issues that seem more immediate, Mother Nature is forcing us to focus.

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Climate

SkyCity hotels to add climate change 'bible' to rooms

SkyCity will soon have a new kind of climate change bible in its top drawers.
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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.

Ocean plastic pollution

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

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.

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