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OECD rates NZ’s environmental performance – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 21st, 2017.

The OECD’s latest report on New Zealand’s environmental performance warns that the country’s growth is starting to show environmental limits, including increased greenhouse gas emissions, freshwater contamination and threats to biodiversity. The third OECD Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand made 50 recommendations and noted the country has the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions […]

Proposal to ban microbeads in cosmetics – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 16th, 2017.

Cosmetic products containing microbeads will be banned under a proposal announced by the Minister for the Environment today. Marine scientists have been advocating for a ban on the microplastics, which have been found to quickly enter waterways and harm marine life. Other countries have already moved to ban the products from cosmetics, including the United […]

Who’s reporting science-related issues in New Zealand?

Peter Griffin posted in on October 20th, 2016.

New Zealand has some fine science and environment reporters reporting for print, television and radio. Based all over the country, from Auckland to Wellington to Christchurch, they help to ensure that New Zealanders are kept up to date with science and environment issues both here and abroad. The Science Media Centre approached some of them, […]

RMA doesn’t live up to expectations, report says – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 29th, 2016.

The Resource Management Act (RMA) hasn’t lived up to expectations in protecting the environment, according to a new report led by the Environmental Defence Society (EDS). EDS senior policy analyst Dr Marie Brown interviewed cross-sector groups and 81 per cent of respondents believed the environment had declined since the RMA came into being in 1991. […]

Should NZ ban triclosan in antibacterial soaps? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 7th, 2016.

Following the United States FDA banning some antibacterial products, like handsoaps, because they contain an environmentally-damaging ingredient – the debate has reignited about whether New Zealand should follow suit. Triclosan – a product in many types of antibacterial soaps, children’s toys and toothpaste – has been found to have detrimental effects in the environment, where […]

Tourism focus at mountain conference – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 9th, 2016.

At the country shivers during winter’s first real cold snap, conservationists and mountaineers have gathered at Aoraki/Mt Cook to discuss protecting mountains for future generations to enjoy. The Sustainable Summits Conference, hosted by the New Zealand Alpine Club, follows on from an international conference held in Colorado, USA in 2014. The conference has a strong […]

Roadmap for NZ science – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 18th, 2016.

On Friday, the Government released a discussion paper to identify the areas of scientific knowledge needed to support decision-making for conservation and environment policy and management. The Department of Conservation and Ministry for the Environment jointly released the discussion paper Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap. It identifies big issues and possible research directions for New […]

Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 15th, 2016.

New Zealand’s conservation and environmental science aims are to be strengthened, thanks to a newly released public discussion paper that will lead to a “roadmap” identifying priority areas for scientific research during the next 20 years. The roadmap will build a cohesive and strategic approach to environmental science in New Zealand, help core government departments […]

Highs and lows for NZ in environment report

John Kerr posted in on October 29th, 2015.

New Zealand’s environmental performance is a mixed bag according the latest report from the OECD, with greenhouse gas emissions and waste disposal looking particularly poor compared to other developed countries. The Environment at a Glance 2015 report draws on international data to compare countries across a wide rang of environmental indicators. Some of the key […]

Climate canaries in the New Zealand Herald

John Kerr posted in on October 12th, 2015.

What are the ‘sentinel species’ that are first affected by a warming climate? Science Reporter Jamie Morton investigates in today’s New Zealand Herald. An excerpt (read in full here): 10 Climate Change Canaries Climate change is predicted to transform New Zealand forever, bringing high sea levels, hotter days, and more extreme weather. As our environment […]

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