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Our fresh water 2017 – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on April 27th, 2017.

UPDATED: The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand have released the latest national report about the state of freshwater. Our fresh water 2017 measures the quality of New Zealand’s waterways, including water quality, biodiversity and cultural health. Nitrogen levels at over half of monitored river sites are getting worse, according to the report […]

Ruataniwha irrigation dam decision – expert responds

Dacia Herbulock posted in on April 16th, 2014.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted resource consent to a proposed irrigation dam that will be the largest built in New Zealand for over 20 years. The Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme, led by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council, proposes construction of a major irrigation dam in the Tukituki River catchment. Extensive modelling and environmental impact […]

Water quality report in the news

John Kerr posted in on November 21st, 2013.

A report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has highlighted the negative impact farming practices are having on New Zealand’s waterways, attracting national news coverage. You can read more about the Commissioners report, Water quality in New Zealand:Land use and nutrient pollution along with independent expert commentary here. The report has been widely covered […]

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Shifts in farming put pressure on water quality – report

John Kerr posted in on November 21st, 2013.

Changes in the way New Zealanders use land are negatively affecting the water quality of our lakes and rivers and we need to do something about it, according to the latest report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. The Commissioner Dr Jan Wright released the report titled Water quality in New Zealand: Land use […]

Water quality report – scientists respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 20th, 2012.

A report that aims to provide scientific context for the divisive issue of water quality in New Zealand is being launched by Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) Jan Wright at an event in Wellington today (20 March). In the report, the PCE states: “Water quality is a subject of high public concern and vigorous […]

Arsenic-eating bacteria expand scope of what life could be

Peter Griffin posted in on December 3rd, 2010.

NASA researchers have discovered a strain of bacteria in a lake in California that uses arsenic as one of its nutrients, increasing the potential for finding new forms of life on Earth and beyond. The scientists, who today published their research in the journal Science, say the discovery shows the potential for life beyond the […]

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