Environment

Live streamers warned of their carbon footprint

"The more screens we have running, then the more power it's going to take in the home."

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Officials say tahr numbers have to be limited to protect the landscape.

DOC to begin tahr control to reduce population numbers by 10,000 in South Island

Mobs of tahr can damage, and potentially wipe out, the native plants they feed on.

Air New Zealand's new A321 Airubuses will enter commercial service in mid-November.

Air NZ takes axe to single use plastics on domestic flights, McDonald's says bye-bye to straws

Customers will have to request straws from tomorrow at McDonald's restaurants.

02:38
Jacinda Ardern says the government is trying to make the transition to a more environmentally friendly economy just and the rapidly increasing fuel prices have been too jarring.

Jacinda Ardern dismisses suggestion that increased fuel prices are beneficial for environment

PM says increase has been too jarring and not befitting a "just" transition to an environmentally friendly economy.

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But President Trump has rejected global climate change action for economic reasons.

'I don't think it's a hoax' - President Trump backtracks over climate change claims

The US President formerly claimed global warming was an invention of China.

Gill Higgins gets the preview of the Wellington plant that’ll finally be big enough to deal with all the plastic Kiwis throw away.

NZ moves to stamp out faux environmentally-friendly 'greenwash' branding

There is now a working group creating advertising guides for companies.

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The wood pigeon, known for its large body and appetite, prevailed in the increasingly popular competition.

Kererū takes out 2018 Bird of the Year competition

It had high the support of National's Paula Bennett and the Green Party's Chloe Swarbrick.

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A massive weed invasion wasn’t enough to stop the enormously popular take-a-kid-fishing event.

Thousands enjoy first taste of fishing despite weed invasion in Christchurch ponds

It follows a huge effort over the past two months to rid the ponds of the unwanted visitor.

Black cows in a New Zealand field with vegetables growing and water irrigation system behind

Global climate target not viable for NZ economy - expert

"To me, it's an academic idea. I think that without technology we're just not going to make it," says Professor Tim Naish.

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The water destined for the Chinese market claims to come from 200m underground, but Cloud Ocean Water only have consent to take from a 33m-deep bore.

Controversial Christchurch water bottling plant under fire after label claims product is from 200m underground

Cloud Ocean has been given a 'please explain' as it can only take water from a 33m-deep bore.

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Nearly 90 scientists from 39 countries, including New Zealand, have spent three years on a planet saving plan, one that requires drastic action.

We must change like never before to limit global warning – major report

An international report has stressed the need for changes never seen before, in all aspects of our society, to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial averages.

A Tunisian ship and a Cypriot ship are seen after a collision in the Mediterranean Sea north of Corsica island.

Ship collision in the Mediterranean causes a 4km oil slick

The collision smashed a hole of several meters long in the hull of one of the ships.

It is the latest move by a big supermarket chain on the use of plastic shopping bags.

Countdown's transition to removing plastic bags will be finished this month

The supermarket will still offer re-usable bags for sale for $1, which can be returned to the supermarket and replaced for free if they are damaged.

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The water destined for the Chinese market claims to come from 200m underground, but Cloud Ocean Water only have consent to take from a 33m-deep bore.

Government reveals its plan to clean up quality of New Zealand's rivers and lakes

New rules will be in place by 2020 to stop the degradation of fresh waterways, Environment Minister David Parker says.

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The Opposition Leader says he supports a levy on bottled water, and that Eugenie Sage had the final word on a plant in Whakatane.

Simon Bridges says National government courted Chinese water bottlers, but Labour gave final approval for Whakatane plant

Mr Bridges told TVNZ1's Breakfast it was "a bit cute" of the Government to say it wasn't on them.

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There are calls for the government to step in and help the industry establish itself.

Wind power operators say changes to the RMA needed to fulfill renewable energy goals

No new wind farms have been built since 2015, but the government wants us to be 100 per cent renewable by 2035.

Protect and promote: Can DOC really do both?

The department is juggling access for visitors without sacrificing the environment.

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The predator-free sanctuary in Wellington is home to some of the country's most vulnerable species.

Hunt on for weasel which infiltrated Zealandia's predator-proof fence

Wellington wildlife sanctuary Zealandia is ramping up its efforts to find a weasel that's invaded the fully-fenced area.

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The vines are burned to produce a unique form of charcoal.

Ancient process adopted by Kiwi farmers allowing grape vines to transform into fertiliser

The vines are burned to produce a unique form of charcoal called biochar.

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Bird of the Year: Why the feathered friends deserve the crown

1 NEWS asks campaigners why their native birds are worthy of the title.

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See the campaign video for the toutouwai - New Zealand robin.

Bird of the Year: What sets them apart and which NZ celebrity they'd be

Jacinda Ardern, Richie McCaw and Taika Waititi were named, and tactics such as Tinder are being used for the competition.

Melbourne, Australia - April 26, 2016: View of Virgin aircraft approaching to landing at Melbourne Airport during daytime. Virgin Atlantic is a British airline with its headquarters in the United Kingdom.

Biofuel made from industrial waste gasses used for first time on commercial flight

Sir Richard Branson, whose Virgin Atlantic trialled the recycled fuel, called it a "historic day".

Dunedin gets $4.3 million funding to help rid city of pests that threaten native wildlife

The funding is part of the five-year, $15 million Predator Free Dunedin project.

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Sunday's Innovate series looks at the bottle, designed by a Kiwi inventor, which looks like it’s plastic but is actually made of plants and breaks down in compost in less than a month rather than hundreds of years.

Bottles that compost in 27 days

Sunday's Innovate series looks at the bottle, designed by a Kiwi inventor, which looks like it’s plastic but is actually made of plants and breaks down in compost in less than a month rather than hundreds of years.

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According to the UN the superpower is a main contributor to the collapse of fisheries.

United Nations criticises China for over-fishing

The country has 2000 mega-trawlers - the largest fishing fleet in the world.

Drinking pipes in a large pile

Countdown to stop selling packs of plastic straws with immediate effect

Change is expected to remove 11.6 million straws from circulation.

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The council’s draft annual report shows its performance is one of the worst in the country.

Wellington residents' recycling efforts lag behind those of Auckland and Christchurch

The latest figures show the city is one of the worst in the country and the Council acknowledges it needs to do help make it easier for households.

Fears chemical pollution could wipe out half the world's different killer whale groups

The main threat to killer whales comes from polychlorinated biphenyls, commonly referred to as PCBs, a study has found.

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