Environment

New moveable hut planned for Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

The accommodation for alpine adventurers is awaiting DOC approval.

Single-use plastic bag ban put to NSW parliament

A Greens MP's bill also aims to ban plastic straws.

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Annabeth Cohen told TVNZ1’s Breakfast that if steps aren’t taken the fish could disappear very soon.

Forest and Bird calls for a halt to commercial whitebaiting

The conservation organisation says four of the five native whitebait species are in danger of extinction.

Emma Shi likes to take her own container to the supermarket to do her bit in helping the environment.

Most read: Countdown's 'bring your own' container ban stuns enviro-friendly customers

Supermarket is afraid people will get sick not cleaning their own containers.

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Thousands upon thousands of pieces are chewed up and gobbed out in the tourist town, with one lane particularly bad.

Queenstown out to tackle the scourge of gum on the pavement - 'That is hideous'

There is around 40,000 pieces gumming up the town on any given day.

Some regional councils failing to enforce dairy effluent rules - report

Between July 2016 and June 2017, there were 425 cases of serious non-compliance.

Shellfish collection warnings in place as toxic algal blooms flourish despite cold

There are currently four warnings in place against shellfish collection.

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The sinkhole, over six metres deep, took out half the road outside two Taupo homes last night.

Taupō teens praised for alerting neighbourhood as massive sinkhole opened up

Two teenage boys raised the alarm around 5.30pm yesterday after noticing a water leak on Arrowsmith Avenue.

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A University of Auckland lecturer is warning New Zealand has fallen off the international pace.

NZ behind international pace despite ban on plastic bags, expert warns

Attention is turning to other plastic packaging after yesterday's announcement.

Dying gardener who claims weed killer caused his cancer awarded over $400m

Dewayne Johnson was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer at age 42 in 2014.

Space project 60-years-in-making will see Parker probe 'touch' the sun

The $1.5 billion mission will shed light on our sun, and billions of other yellow dwarf stars in the Milky Way and beyond.

Plastic ban just first step towards sustainable shopping, say experts

Overseas examples put more pressure on the retailer and manufacturer.

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Overseas plants are currently refusing to take sileage wrap, with Southland farmers being forced to hold onto it until a solution is found.

Silage plastic wrap piles up on NZ farms as Thailand shuns product for recycling

Several New Zealand processing plants are now full to capacity.

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The youngster spoke at the Prime Minister's press conference on banning plastic bags.

Watch: The touching moment Jacinda Ardern helps schoolboy deliver speech on the scourge of plastic bags

The Prime Minister made the official announcement about phasing out single-use plastic bags - then this young fella stepped up.

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The Prime Minister made the announcement today in Auckland to phase out plastic bags over the next year.

Single-use plastic bags to be phased out over the next year, Government announces

Kiwis can have their say on when the phase-out date should be.

Laramie, Wyoming, USA - October 14, 2012: The Shell gas  station in Laramie Wyoming. Founded in 1907, Royal Dutch Shell, better known as just Shell, is a global energy company with 2011 revenues of over $470 billion.

Shell contaminates groundwater in New Plymouth with banned firefighting foam

Two south Taranaki streams are also polluted with the chemical.

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Strathmore, Miramar and Seatoun will be the first suburbs in the initiative, with community groups stepping up.

Wellington gets $3.27 million in funding dedicated to eradicating pests

Eradication will largely be led by community groups, with many locals already involved in trapping efforts.

Plastic bag used to pick up dog poo.

Dog owners want to know how single-use bag ban would affect poo clean-up

Rotorua is among the areas that have trialled free biodegradable poo bags,

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Professor Len Gillman says the study found a sea level rise of between 10-60 metres could be on the cards unless drastic action is taken.

New study finds Earth is halfway towards a climate 'tipping point'

Feedback processes within the Earth's climate systems could begin to self-trigger the release of carbon back into the atmosphere within 30-60 years.

Toxic red tide destroys marine life and makes it hard for Florida residents to breathe

An environmental disaster, thought to be the worst in a decade, threatens 160km of Florida coastline.

Water in Lake Hume recedes during the 2007 Australian drought.

Australian farmers offered help as destructive drought continues to bite

Farmers will receive immediate additional financial support to help them and their communities.

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Bee numbers are falling around the world and New Zealand beekeepers from backyard hobbyists to big industry players are being asked to do their part to make sure that's not happening here.

Bee keepers called on to fill out survey to combat declining bee population

As well as being a $5 billion industry, it's predicted around a third of our food is dependent on bees.

A 1 NEWS poll has found the majority of Kiwis are willing to pay up to 15 cents for a plastic bag at the till.

New World, Four Square and Pak'nSave to ban plastic bags from checkouts from January 1 next year

"The more we all change to reusables, the faster we stop plastic bags ending up in the environment," Foodstuffs boss says.

Australia's Coles sets third deadline to end free plastic bags

The supermarket's customers will now start paying for bags on August 29.

Aussie supermarket chain Coles to provide free 'reusable' plastic bags indefinitely

Greenpeace says the backflip is irresponsible and disappointing,

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