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WWF Report assesses NZ’s enviromental record – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 28th, 2012.

New Zealand’s performance over the 20 years since the Rio Earth Summit across a range of environmental commitments is rated in a new report — released today by conservation organisation WWF. In 1992, government representatives from 172 countries participated in the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Earth Summit, to discuss […]

Marine resources in the media

John Kerr posted in on May 16th, 2012.

The future of resources found on – or under – the seabed surrounding New Zealand has been the focus of media interest this week. This week the Science Media Centre held a briefing for journalists in conjunction with the launch of an  Emerging Issues Paper, Future Marine Resource Use,  from the Royal Society of New Zealand. […]

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Briefing: Marine resource use in the EEZ

Peter Griffin posted in on May 15th, 2012.

Did you know that 96 percent of New Zealand is underwater? New Zealand’s ocean territory is vast. Its EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) stretches across an area twenty times greater than its dry land.  Scientific surveying allowed the country to expand its claim further in 2008, giving it rights to additional seabed minerals and resources.  But […]

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