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Climate Change and Us

Written By: - Date published: 4:02 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 4 comments

3 major environmental reports today – the OECD says our economy is beyond environmental limits; a cross party group of MPs sponsor research into the way to net zero emissions; and the World Meteorological Organisation has a stark look at continued climate change.

National’s water problem

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, March 21st, 2017 - 48 comments

The Government’s timid backdown on water charging is placing it in a very uncomfortable position.

The Nats’ new ‘swimmable’ rivers aren’t

Written By: - Date published: 3:08 pm, February 28th, 2017 - 14 comments

Under the new standards we have up to a 1 in 6 risk of serious infection at the times that we actually swim in rivers, and Smith is trying to hide this fact by fudging around with year-long averages. David Parker’s analysis yesterday was bang on.

Green Party Member’s Bill to protect freshwater

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, February 27th, 2017 - 16 comments

It’s past time to be bold about water

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 25th, 2017 - 147 comments

Water is both the front line and the rallying cry.

Greenpeace on braided rivers and govt-funded pollution

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 11th, 2017 - 45 comments

Clean, green farming is much better for our rivers, our land and our international reputation.

Conservation matters

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, February 10th, 2017 - 21 comments

The government is stealing from us again so Forest and Bird are stepping up.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – in the end…

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, December 25th, 2016 - 32 comments

Robert Guyton concludes his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

100% Pure takes another hit

Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, December 18th, 2016 - 85 comments

Stuff this morning: “Lord of the Rings actor says NZ tourists shocked by polluted ‘sewer’ Middle-earth”

The Essential Forest-Gardener – reproducing the forest

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, December 18th, 2016 - 22 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – the humus factor

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, December 11th, 2016 - 22 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

Water and cultural values

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, October 8th, 2016 - 60 comments

Day one of the International Days of Prayer and Action with Standing Rock. Here’s a post on NZ’s relationship with water, and whether water is a resource or a taonga.

Why we need to stand with Standing Rock

Written By: - Date published: 2:33 pm, October 6th, 2016 - 19 comments

For seven months the next movement of social and environmental justice and resistance has been growing. We should be paying attention.

PETITION: Stop Govt. funded river pollution

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 pm, September 8th, 2016 - 4 comments

Help get the petition to 45,000.

World Water Week

Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, September 1st, 2016 - 11 comments

Never heard of it? Neither had I.

Water quality too important for bird-brained excuses

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 1st, 2016 - 57 comments

Nick Smith’s latest excuse for inaction on water quality is birds. Yes birds. You couldn’t make this shit up.

For a dose of blessed sanity, watch the (10 min) webcast by Dr Mike Joy explaining what the real problem is.

“Flushing flows”

Written By: - Date published: 4:46 pm, August 24th, 2016 - 14 comments

A new phrase is about to enter NZ’s clean green image lexicon.

 

Key vs science on water quality

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, August 24th, 2016 - 60 comments

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Watershit Down

Written By: - Date published: 7:37 pm, August 22nd, 2016 - 121 comments

John Key has announced an inquiry into the Havelock North water crisis. But has it been set up to fail the residents of the Central Hawkes Bay?

The Friday dump on Havelock North

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, August 20th, 2016 - 66 comments

What a surprise that the news that NZ’s worst ever waterborne disease outbreak is most likely caused by livestock should be the subject of a classic Friday 5pm news dump.

Clean up our water!

Shit in the water

Written By: - Date published: 3:15 pm, August 15th, 2016 - 92 comments

The damage so far in the Havelock North “gastro” outbreak is one possible death, two older people in intensive care, 18 hospitalised, 50 making their way to the emergency department, 280 notifications, and hundreds of kids staying away from school.

Grow the Commons

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, August 10th, 2016 - 57 comments

Robert Guyton on reclaiming the Commons one plant at at time.

Wasted food and carbon footprint

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, August 6th, 2016 - 17 comments

The Italian intiaitive encouraging supermarkets to give unsold food to those in need is a great move. Helps the poor, reduces waste, win win. But it’s just a start. We need to massively change attitudes and behaviour to reduce food waste.

Climate change pedal to the metal

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, July 31st, 2016 - 116 comments

Avoiding 2 deg C warming is a ship that’s sailed. Global warming is now happening at about 4.3x the previous long-run rate. And it might go up to 18x the previous rate over the next few years. That’s what the pundits call “abrupt climate change.”

1/3 of Nobel Laureates say Greenpeace is “anti-science”, must now embrace GMOs

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 pm, June 30th, 2016 - 181 comments

Unless you are scaremongering and “anti-science” you should embrace GMO foods. Say 107 Nobel Laureates.

This is what sustainable fishing looks like

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, June 15th, 2016 - 119 comments

It turns out there will be no jobs on a dead planet.” 

While New Zealand is struggling to maintain integrity around fishing and resource management, an ocean farmer in the US is leading the way in economic and ecologic sustainability. This is how we can do things differently.

A message for our anti-science government

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, May 18th, 2016 - 37 comments

Here’s some more science for the government to hate on: “Paris climate agreement cannot be met without emissions reduction target for agriculture”.

Who needs water anyway

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, April 30th, 2016 - 46 comments

Or waterways are starting to stink as much as our murky tax havens.

It’s time to reform Fonterra

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 25th, 2016 - 49 comments

Fonterra was formed to give New Zealand an economic advantage.  Instead it is looking like the country’s biggest achilles heel.  Time to reform?

Norman on the economy

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, March 12th, 2016 - 58 comments

Russel Norman was right in 2014 when he said that the Nats were daft to gamble on oil and bulk milk production, and he’s right again now to draw attention to the failures. We need a green economy!

the Global Death Economy

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, February 25th, 2016 - 141 comments

A new edition of “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” has been released. It makes it clear that we are in the grip of a global “Death Economy” and a collective embrace of ‘Thanatos’, the death instinct.

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