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Earth’s ability to absorb carbon emissions through plants will likely cross a major tipping point within just two decades at the current rate of warming, according to a new study from the University of Waikato and US researchers Earth’s ability to absorb carbon emissions through plants could be halved within the next two decades at the current rate of warming, according to a new study from the University of Waikato and Northern Arizona University, USA. Continue →
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To address global warming, innovation in both cement production and carbon utilization are absolutely essential, says Solidia Technologies Chief Executive, Tom Schuler A new technology that enables concrete to become a carbon sink is currently being tested for infrastructure applications. Continue →
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Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says Our atmosphere and climate 2020, released Thursday 15th October, includes analysis of temperature data from 30 sites around New Zealand that shows our climate is warming. Continue →
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A report has been published this month by Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton, which criticises the way estuaries are managed and highlights inconsistencies in how regulations are enforced The report argues that estuaries should be protected to the same level as other freshwater bodies, and that they should be included in freshwater management systems. Continue →
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$100m in government funding for climate change protections and infrastructure comes at a welcome time where shovel-ready projects are needed to help New Zealand bounce back against Covid-19 and create sustainable jobs for Kiwis, FIRST Union says “Our members in the quarrying sector are very pleased to hear that funding has been granted to 29 projects across six regions, with the aim of protecting important areas from climate change-related threats like erosion and flooding,” says FIRST Union Organiser Justin Wallace. Continue →
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Fast-tracking resource consents for critical infrastructure and development projects is a pragmatic and welcome government response to assisting the Covid 19 recovery process says Resource Reform NZ, a coalition of business and environmental interests The Minister for the Environment David Parker has today announced fast-track amendments to the Resource Management Act to better enable economic recovery from Covid-19. Continue →
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Increasing numbers of tourists are eroding the very attributes that make New Zealand such an attractive country to visit, warns Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) Simon Upton The Commissioner has released a report on the environmental consequences of projected tourism growth in New Zealand. Continue →
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New Zealand has seen a groundswell in action against climate change as more people come to the realisation the time for talking is over, and the time for doing is now It’s a theme running throughout society and business, with scientific consensus around the problem translating into action at the grassroots. Continue →
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Advice to “read the regulations” is not a helpful response to questioners seeking specific compliance options Regulations are necessarily all-encompassing, whereas site conditions often require flexibility in identifying and implementing sensible and cost-effective solutions which achieve the primary regulatory goal of safer workplaces. Continue →
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The Ocean Cleanup project has been redesigned and relaunched, as it makes its second attempt to clean up a giant pile of plastic three times the size of continental France concentrated in the Pacific Ocean Dinah Lewis Boucher – The Urban Developer Ocean plastic pollution: Overproduction of plastic, waste mismanagement, and single use plastics are underlying issues needed to be addressed before plastics reach the water, oceanographers have said. Continue →
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Eco-friendly governor Jay Inslee signed legislation making Washington the first US state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains, according to an Associated Press report Ben Messenger – Waste Management World Under the new law that will go into effect in May of next year, people who die in the state will have the option to have their bodies transformed into soil suitable for use in gardening in a process called recomposition. Continue →
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