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A recent 1080 drop. Photo: RNZ / Lois Williams

1080 drop declared a success after Northland forest possums number 'down 80 per cent', rats wiped out

The controversial aerial operation was carried out on Northland's Russell State Forest in September.

Kidney failure-causing pathogen found in three Canterbury rivers

Independent testing commissioned by Fish and Game has raised red flags for public health officials.

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Mark Adcock is selling 1 million swan plants to raise money for at-risk youth.

Meet the Auckland man with a green thumb idea that's raising funds for Youthline

"My child got bullied, cyberbullied - it was horrific," says Mark Adcock.

File - In this Sept. 8, 2018 file photo, a ship tows The Ocean Cleanup's first buoyant trash-collecting device toward the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco en route to the Pacific Ocean. The trash collection device deployed to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world's largest garbage patch is not collecting any trash. But Boyan Slat, who launched the Pacific Ocean cleanup project, told The Associated Press in an interview Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, he is confident the 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom will be fixed.  (AP Photo/Lorin Eleni Gill, File)

Floating device designed to collect island of plastic in the Pacific Ocean fails to work

The 24-year-old who launched the project says there is a fix in the works.

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The Breakfast team went on the hunt for the best places the country has to offer.

The top five lesser-known swimming spots to cool off in this summer

Travel writer Tim Roxborogh joined Breakfast to talk the best places the country has to offer.

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By the middle of next year single use plastic bags will be banned.

Plastic shopping bags to be phased out by July

The ban also includes degradable plastic regardless if the material is plant based or from fossil-fuel.

A recent 1080 drop. Photo: RNZ / Lois Williams

DOC spent more than $1 million to protect staff from protesters

Incidents over the past 18 months include threats to shoot down helicopters.

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The launch of the visitor behaviour campaign has been prompted by the massive growth in tourist numbers.

Visit the Kiwi way, slogan for new DOC campaign aimed at educating tourists

The launch of the visitor behaviour campaign has been prompted by the massive growth in tourist numbers.

Calls to close Auckland and BOP crayfishing areas due to collapse in numbers

Even reducing the daily crayfish quota is pointless because there are just not any there says Forest and Bird Marine Conservation advocate.

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The juvenile birds have just been released at Lake Gault in the South Island.

Dozens of endangered rowi kiwi released into the wild

DOC rangers have been working hard over the past twenty years to bring the bird back from extinction.

Water supply shrinking globally, drought-like conditions to be the new normal, research shows

Australian-based study showed dry soil in catchment areas is soaking up most or world's rain.

Complaints as anti-1080 float wins top prize at Taupō Christmas Parade

The float was the winner of one of the five top entry awards and received $200 in prize money.

Alternatives to 1080 explored, but poison 'remains a critical tool'

When asked today if she saw a future for alternatives, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said "absolutely".

Weka left on Parliament steps by 1080 protesters was shot, autopsy finds

In September Parliament's Speaker laid a formal complaint with police over the incident.

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The region had been considered stable, compared with other parts of the continent.

NASA scientists detect large glaciers melting in east Antarctica

The eastern half of the continent was previously considered to be more stable than the west.

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The fund comes as one Christchurch firm plans a new initiative to tackle the big problem of used tyres.

Canterbury plant set to turn tyres into valuable by-products

Environmental technology company Eneform is set to have a plant set up in Rolleston next year.

Te Mata Peak controversy resolved

Controversial Te Mata Peak track removal to cost further $200,000

Ngāti Kahungunu described Craggy Range Winery's zig-zag pathway as a "scar" on the culturally significant site.

Te Mata Mushroom farm has sparked dozens more complaints since it was fined $26,000 in August for its objectionable odour.

Pungent mushroom farm draws stream of complaints from Hawke's Bay locals, as odours pour out

As part of the farm's resource consent, odours are not allowed to leave the boundaries of it's property.

Baby albatross

Plastic waste killing New Zealand seabirds, a more targeted approach urged

Predictions are that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean within the next 30 years.

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Wellington cafes embrace plastic pollution cutting scheme allowing thirsty Kiwis free water bottle refills

Jill Ford started the scheme after seeing the affect of pollution first-hand.

In June 2007, the coastal cliffs at Oamaru lost a lot of ground, including a conservation area for blue penguins and the factory seen here.

Sea-level rise: Report highlights risks to approach

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says.

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"We know there are economic opportunities to being climate leaders," the PM said today.

Government injecting $100 million into effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

"No one can opt out of the impacts of climate change. This fund helps business to opt in to the solution."

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The investigation has raised questions about whether we are complicit in polluting vulnerable countries.

Greenpeace investigation allegedly finds scattering of NZ waste being processed in 'illegal' Malaysian factories

The investigation has raised questions about whether we are complicit in polluting vulnerable countries.

Shell fuel deliviry truck driving on the road to supply gas stations with gasoline and diesel fuel. The truck is driving on a highway near Kampen in The Netherlands during a sunny day in spring.

Energy giant to link short-term carbon emission goals with executive pay

Royal Dutch Shell bosses made the decision after pressure from institutional investors.

UN chief: Climate change is "most important issue we face"

The U.N. chief chided countries, particularly those most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, for failing to do enough to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord

While some New Zealand businesses are jumping on board, there's still resistance to change.

Disposal of plastic waste in New Zealand needs urgent rethink - report

More knowledge about the amount of plastic in the environment is needed in order to inform government policy, according to Sustainable Business Network.

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