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‘Beyond the limits’ Freshwater scientists speak out

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 3rd, 2012.

Is current intensification of land use damaging our waterways beyond repair?  Deteriorating water quality and arguments over access to water resources have been in the headlines a lot this year. Scientists speaking out about clean water and water resource issues have attracted significant attention, not all of it positive. Meanwhile water and land issues remain unresolved, with tensions […]

‘Fracking’ gas extraction spurs controversy

John Kerr posted in on August 11th, 2011.

A high-pressure method for extracting oil and natural gas has been gaining attention as its use is grows in New Zealand. Hydraulic fracturing, known as ‘fracking’ or ‘fraccing’, is a mining process which involves pumping mixtures of water, sand and chemicals into bore holes to break apart rock seams containing oil and natural gas. Recent […]

Putting a price on natural ‘goods and services’

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 6th, 2011.

ONLINE MEDIA BRIEFING: Wed 6 July 10.30 AM Soil, water, energy, air, wildlife and minerals — they underpin our economy, but go largely unrecognised when it comes to tallying up the balance sheet. Recent steps by policy-makers in the UK and locally are making concrete efforts to move away from a purely economic valuation of […]

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