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Will NZ’s future energy be clean? – Expert Q&A

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

Approximately 80 per cent of New Zealand’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources. But is this the full picture behind NZ’s clean and green reputation?  This week the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability releases ten policy briefs from its Energy Cultures research. The SMC asked experts how New Zealand’s energy usage compares to the […]

NZ should become green economy – RSNZ Paper

John Kerr posted in on March 24th, 2014.

New Zealand should strive to become a green economy – low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive – according to an ’emerging issues’ paper from the Royal Society of New Zealand. The paper, released last week, outlines research on the resource and consumption challenges facing New Zealand and the rest of the world, and the […]

‘Green growth: opportunities for NZ’ report – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 15th, 2012.

A major report into ‘green growth opportunities’ for New Zealand, outlining actions for industry and government to apply across several key economic sectors, was launched today at events in Auckland and Wellington. The report, commissioned by Pure Advantage and the New Zealand Green Growth Research Trust, identifies 21 ways the country can capitalise on a […]

Rod Oram blogs from Rio+20

John Kerr posted in on June 21st, 2012.

Journalist Rod Oram is blogging daily from the Rio+20 conference in Brazil. You can follow his take on the proceedings of the conference on the Pure Advantage website. Linked below are his first five posts, with brief excerpts: 1. The last 20 years…and the task ahead “In some ways, at least for people over say […]

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New Zealand teen addresses Rio+20

John Kerr posted in on June 21st, 2012.

Seventeen year-old Kiwi  Brittany Trilford, winner of the ‘Date with History’ competition, takes on the role of the ‘Voice of Youth’ at the Rio+20 conference in Brazil. The competition involved entrants uploading video speeches telling the world about the “future we want.” The online public voted  for 22 finalists at least 3 from each region […]

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WWF report in the news

John Kerr posted in on May 28th, 2012.

A report produced by the Worldwide Wildlife Fund (WWF) this week has garnered widespread media attentions as it calls into question the environmental efforts of successive New Zealand governments in the 20 years that have passed since the Rio Earth Summit conference. The report, titled “Beyond Rio: New Zealand’s Environmental Performance since the original Earth […]

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Fishing for the truth on ocean protection

John Kerr posted in on November 22nd, 2011.

An article by Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons in the New Zealand Herald highlights the environmental issues surrounding fishing,  drawing on the research presented in their book ‘Hook, Line & Blinkers: Everything Kiwis Never Wanted to Know About Fishing‘. An excerpt (read in full here): Our oceans can’t survive fishing madness The election is looming, […]

3 News: Scientists warn of future shock

Peter Griffin posted in on December 6th, 2010.

Dan Satherly writes for 3 News about the recent Transitions to Sustainability conference, and some of the major themes at the conference. One of these was that the changes which society needs to make in the coming decades, aren’t going to be easy, as climate change and resource constrains begin to have ever greater effects. […]

NZ Herald: Fish forever?

Peter Griffin posted in on May 31st, 2010.

Peter Huck writes in the New Zealand Herald about our fisheries situation, the Quota Management System (introduced in the late 1980s) and the difficulty of balancing long-term and short-term (or economic and conservation) interests. Conservation groups are pushing for the setup of no-fishing reserves, but, although the QMS has attracted criticism recently as being incomplete, […]

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Southland Times: New Zealand farmers told to embrace advancements in technology development

Peter Griffin posted in on May 25th, 2010.

Mark Hotton writes in the Southland Times about a speech by AgResearch’s Dr Jason Archer in which he outlined several technologies which could help improve New Zealand’s meat production. While New Zealand will never be able to produce meat as cheaply as some other countries, technologies are being developed which could help farmers to sustainably […]

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