Environment

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Sea Shepherd says the IML Plastics factory in Lower Hutt is the main offender after so-called nurdles were found at several popular beaches.

Wellington manufacturers admit spilling plastic beads down storm water drains

Sea Shepherd says the IML Plastics factory in Lower Hutt is the main offender after so-called nurdles were found at several popular beaches.

Countdown will no longer import over 177 tonnes of plastic as it changes packaging for some items

Packaging for dozens of items moving to recycled and recyclable material.

Coffee cup (file picture).

Nelson cafes slap surcharge on customers who don't bring in their own coffee cups

Money generated from the waste-reduction initiative will go to charity.

FILE - In this March 12, 2018, file photo, Skagit County Solid Waste Division manager Margo Gillaspy displays some of the recyclable plastic items that had been deposited at the Skagit County Transfer Station at Ovenell Road in Mt. Vernon, Wash. A scientific study published Wednesday, June 20, 2018, said China's 2017 decision to stop accepting plastic waste from other countries is causing plastic to stockpile around the globe. (Scott Terrell/Skagit Valley Herald via AP, File)

Plastic will pile up in wake of China recycling ban - study

The change is forcing countries to rethink how they deal with plastic waste.

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Kiwi scientists say New Zealand's environment is changing and birds are sounding the alarm.

'We need to do more' – 10-year-survey shows dramatic drop in NZ precious wildlife

Kiwi scientists say New Zealand's environment is changing and birds are sounding the alarm.

The move is a first step towards an outright ban on single-use plastic bags.

Woolworths Australia's ban on single-use plastic bags comes into force

The company has provided more than 3.2 billion plastic bags a year to shoppers.

FILE - In this Thursday, March 15, 2018 file photo, Rupert Stadler, CEO of German car producer Audi, briefs the media during the annual press conference in Ingolstadt, Germany. German authorities have detained the chief executive of Volkswagen's Audi division, Rupert Stadler, as part of a probe into manipulation of emissions controls. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Audi CEO detained by German authorities in diesel emissions case

The move is an extension of the emissions scandal that has rocked Volkswagen since 2015.

The National Party leader said he would be "loath" to take abortion out of the Crimes Act.

Supporting Climate Change Commission 'the right thing' to do - National leader Simon Bridges

He said the National Party have agreed to an "enduring, bi-partisan, framework for climate change".

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The foam has already contaminated drinking water at properties near Ohakea and Woodbourne airbases.

NZDF confirms potentially toxic fluorine foam use stopped

Devonport naval base was using the Aqueous Fire Fighting Foam (AFFF), or fluorine foam, up until late last year.

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While conservationists are elated, those that hoped the Te Kuha mine project would revive the West Coast's flagging economy are deeply disappointed.

Government to block bid to develop West Coast coal mine

The scheme by Rangatira Developments would have involved mining 12 hectares of conservation land.

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Three trillion tonnes of ice have disappeared in 25 years through ocean-driven ice melt and ice-shelf collapse.

Antarctica lost three trillion tonnes of ice in last 25 years - 'The brakes have come off'

Warming oceans have driven a tripling of ice-loss in Western Antarctica between 1992 and 2017.

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The Land Information Minister approved the expansion of Otakiri Springs water bottling plant near Whakatāne by a Chinese company.

Most read story: 'You morons' - members furious after Green Party Minister approves Chinese-owned water bottling plant expansion

Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage approved the expansion of the existing Otakiri Springs water bottling plant near Whakatāne.

Lake Taupo

Algae found in Lake Taupō could be 'a disaster'

The algae, linvadia intermedia, creates lake snow, which is also known as lake snot.

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Dr Nick Golledge of Victoria University talks to TVNZ 1’s Breakfast programme about the study - and what people can do to help.

Antarctic ice melt is still accelerating - up to 1m sea rise by end of century, new Victoria University study shows

The southern continent has lost about three trillion tonnes of ice since 1992 and scientists say the window of opportunity to prevent major meltdown of the icesheets is narrowing

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The EU is considering banning single use plastic bags, as well as things like cotton buds, drink stirrers and takeaway containers

Yoghurt pottles and coffee lids going straight to landfill as China plastic waste ban bites

China stopped accepting 24 different types of waste at the start of this year.

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Kevin Hester’s worried a storm will loosen the roots sending the dead pine trees over the edge and into the busy Motuihe Channel.

Concerns poisoned pine trees lining Motutapu Island cliff are an accident waiting to happen

Kevin Hester's worried a storm will send them over the edge and into the busy Motuihe Channel.

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In a bid to meet Canterbury’s target of one high pollution night a year, experts are offering environmentally friendly heating tips.

Environment Canterbury's smoke-busting team urging people to burn smarter

It is part of a drive to meet the target of just one high pollution night a year.

In this photo taken Saturday, May 19, 2018, volunteers and local residents pull an abandoned fishing net out of the sea in Poros island, Greece. Lost, abandoned and discarded fishing nets, known as ghost nets, kill millions of marine creatures and can continue fishing for centuries until they disintegrate, creating micro plastics that end up in the food chain and on our plates. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Cleaning the seabed: Divers halt the carnage of 'ghost' nets

Once lost, abandoned or discarded into the sea, these nets continue doing what they were designed to do: catch fish.

Group of Auckland residents stop large housing development over environmental concerns

The Long Bay Okura Great Park Society raised $320,000 to take Okura Holdings to court.

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Greenpeace finds shocking evidence of plastic pollution in Antarctica

The findings come from a three-month expedition to the Southern Ocean.

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The environment campaigners say the private investigators should be prosecuted.

Private investigators Thompson and Clark unlawfully accessed protestors' private information through motor vehicle register, Greenpeace claims

1 NEWS has obtained figures from the NZTA under the Official Information Act that show a striking pattern.

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Cabinet is waiting from advice from before they consider banning the bags.

Moves towards banning single-use plastic bags to begin 'very, very soon' - PM

"There's obviously a huge issue that the globe is dealing with, that New Zealand needs to too."

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It comes as calls intensify for new leadership in fighting the disease.

Kauri tree classified as threatened by DOC

The news hasn’t gone down well with Forest and Bird, who are calling for urgent action.

There is a proposal to close the Waitakere Ranges, which has seen 20 per cent of its kauri trees infected with the disease.

Kauri officially re-classified as a threatened species for the first time

There's also bad new for pōhutukawa, mānuka, and rātā.

Good farming practice plan aimed at protecting NZ's rivers launched by Government

The initiative is said to outline practical measures farmers and growers can take.

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