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The need for a cohesive strategy to drive reform of the country’s resource management and planning systems is now vital for New Zealand’s prosperity, says a coalition of like-minded organisations For some time the EMA, Property Council New Zealand, Infrastructure New Zealand and the Environmental Defence Society have been working together to build a case for change on how to provide for the nation’s growth and development within acceptable environmental limits. Continue →
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Last November’s Kaikoura earthquake will likely change the way scientists think about earthquake hazards in plate boundary zones, according to the first study to come out of the data collected during and immediately after the earthquake Led by GNS Science researchers, the study reviewed a range of data – including satellite radar imagery – that shows that parts of the South Island moved more than five metres closer to the North Island, in addition to uplift of up to eight metres in some places. Continue →
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New Zealand growth based largely on exploiting natural resources is starting to show its environmental limits with increasing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and water pollution, according to the latest OECD report While the country only accounts for a tiny share of global emissions, the OECD’s third Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand finds that intensive dairy farming, road transport and industry have pushed up gross GHG emissions by 23 per cent since 1990. Continue →
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The increase in pollution and contamination incidents in New Zealand means businesses are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the potentially high financial cost of such events, a leading insurance expert says Delta Insurance General Manager Craig Kirk says various combinations of traditional liability policies, albeit each coming with their own exclusions, only serve to paper over environmental liability cracks. Continue →
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UN Environment (UNEP) has launched a global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter yesterday, including microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic, by the year 2022 Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the # CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimise plastic packaging and redesign products; and calling on consumers to change their throwaway habits – before irreversible damage is done to the seas. Continue →