The New Zealand Herald : Environment (12)

Tragedy spurs young researcher's air pollution fight

When his parents died, a young Egide Kalisa was told "normal diseases" were to blame.He's since learned the truth: respiratory disease, fuelled by indoor air pollution in his Rwandan home city of Kamembe, had more likely taken his...

Q&A: Is our media covering climate change well?

Climate change is the biggest issue facing our planet - something Kiwis are increasingly recognising . But how do they learn about it? Does New Zealand's news media do an adequate job getting the message out? In a new analysis ,...

Waikato road reopens, water conservation requested after massive landslip

Te Kuiti residents are being asked to conserve water after a massive slip of saturated farmland closed a road southeast of the town and inundated part of its water catchment.Mangaokewa Rd is now open, following removal of debris...

Most Kiwis back charging for water use - survey

Whether to tax farmers and orchardists for using water has been a highly-charged issue this election - but a new survey suggests most Kiwis, both town and country, back the idea.Findings from Water New Zealand's survey , released...

Google-built AI software boosts NZ birdsong study

Google-built artificial intelligence software has been trained to recognise the different calls of threatened native birds.In one of the quirkiest applications of machine-learning yet, researchers at Victoria University tasked tech...

Kaikoura's seabed species bouncing back after quake

Ten months after the devastating magnitude 7.8 quake that wiped out marine life deep in the Kaikoura Canyon, scientists have happily discovered promising signs of recovery.The huge canyon, running up to within 500m of the coast...

Q&A: Predator-free NZ's tricky ethical issues

We know that New Zealand's new target of wiping out pest predators by 2050 will demand more money, more efforts, and more technology. But how do we tackle the tricky ethical questions that the predator-free mission raises? How do...

Local Focus: Not all farmers at Morrinsville protest

While protests dominated the town of Morrinsville yesterday, half an hour away it was business as usual for sharemilkers Sophia Clark and Aaron Mills. "I just love it because you're outside, you're not stuck behind a desk all day,...

Local Focus: Rangitikei candidates on the environment

Rangitīkei candidates give their answers to the important local questions this election.Heather Warren for Labour, Ian McKelvie for National, Robin McCandless for the Greens, and Rob Stevenson for NZ First answer the question:...

Revealing the nature of NZ's 'extreme waves'

Big enough to threaten ships and coastal roads, what scientists call "extreme waves" will likely become more common in the waters off New Zealand as the effects of climate change further set in.In a new study , researchers at the...

Q&A: What we don't know about sea-level rise

The damage that climate change could bring to New Zealand's coastal communities has become a pre-election talking point, with a 284-page draft Government report being leaked to media by the Green Party. But how much certainty...

Auckland Council investigates after truck driver spotted dumping fuel down stormwater drain

Auckland Council's pollution arm is investigating an illegal fuel dump after a truck mistakenly filled up with petrol then poured it down a stormwater drain. The incident took place outside a North Shore service station on the corner...