Canterbury & South Island news:
Ashburton school wins Enviroschools award. (24 August, ECan).
Canterbury's share of the National Land Transport programme 2009-12 announced. (27 August, ECan).
Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust: Special planting day for children to mark Conservation Week, Sunday 13 September. More info & programme here. Contact: Ian or Bev MacDonald 332 5322.
ECan chairman Burke's future under review. (27 August, Stuff/The Press).
Alps exert pull on Porter Heights developer. (26 August, Stuff/The Press).
Entries for 2010 Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards open 1 September and close 23 October, 2009. Entry forms/more info: www.bfea.org.nz or contact: Nicola Hunt, Canterbury Regional Co-ordinator, Ballance Farm Environment Awards, (03) 353 9711, email firstname.lastname@example.org
ECan's Environment Enhancement Fund applications close end of August. (17 August, ECan).
Otago: Lake Hayes: Millions spent on windfarm fight. (27 August, Southland Times/Stuff).
Otago: Fish & Game opposes new dams - "diametrically opposed" to damming any further free-flowing rivers. (24 August, Otago Daily Times).
Otago: Nevis River: Smeagol moves up the rankings of threatened species. (25 August, Otago Daily Times).
Catlins: Curio Bay reserve growing. (27 August, Otago Daily Times).
Southland: Kingston Flyer grinds to a halt. (27 August, NZ Herald).
North Island & national:
Households struggle to pay power bills. (26 August, Dominion Post/Stuff).
Fonterra facing backlash over palm kernel feed. (23 August, TVNZ.co.nz). (see also under: from there).
Greens call for reduction of palm kernel imports. (23 August, Otago Daily TImes).
Disease danger in stock feeds. "Foot-and-mouth disease could arrive on the coat-tails of the dairy industry's massive uptake of palm kernel stock food." (24 August, Southland Times).
DOC puts new marine reserves on hold to meet budget cuts. Possum, deer and weed control pared back. (24 August, NZ Herald).
Govt delivers on high country promise. "Labour's policy was driving more and more land into the DOC estate, with the assumption that the Crown could better look after the land than farming families." (26 August, Beehive).
Fears that changes to tenure review process put pristine high-country lakefront land back in the sights of developers. (27 August, Stuff/The Press).
RMA review really just tinkering. Councils across New Zealand are not finding a lot to celebrate among the Phase 1 amendments. Far from simplifying, the proposals are more likely to make the act even more problematical. Opinion. (21 August, Dominion Post/Stuff).
Crown land may be used for mining. Government moves to free up Department of Conservation and Crown estates to boost mining companies' exploration for minerals. (27 August, Otago Daily Times).
Landcare Research scientists using volcanic soils to cultivate methane-eating bugs. (24 August, NZ Herald).
Opinion: Time for Kiwis to reclaim fisheries. (24 August, NZ Herald).
Auckland: Cheap won't be a bargain for Auckland's new rail system. Opinion. (24 August, NZ Herald).
Kapiti Island: Little spotted kiwi spent 18 months in recovery at Karori after eating three karaka berries. (25 August, Dominion Post/Stuff).
NZ zoos fear for Tasmanian Devils. (27 August, NZ Herald).
Mangere: Man caught (yet again) with more than 10 times daily legal limit of snapper. (25 August, Manukau Courier/Stuff).
Bayerboost Environmental Scholarship Scheme: administered by the Royal Society of NZ, in partnership with Bayer, to sponsor secondary school and tertiary students intending to study environmental sciences or related areas, in summer work/research programmes to gain experience that will support their future careers. Applications to RSNZ by 5.00pm 30 September. More info here. (www.bayerboost.co.nz).
Re-linked awards, submissions, consultations etc:
Canterbury DOC digital photo competition: Postcards from a Park - Two categories: Open for amateur photographers & Junior (under 12 years). Entry forms, conditions, prizes & more info: ww.doc.govt.nz/canterburypostcards or here (flickr). Entries close 31 August. A selection of entries will go on show at Our City O-Tautahi from 7 September.
- Global Day of Action, 24 October, 2009: to pressure politicians to act decisively at the Copenhagen Climate Change summit in December. Christchurch is planning a climate action festival – including a 350 strong massed choir. Join 349 others at 12.30 pm in the Square on Oct 24 to sing a set of easy to learn songs (with an opportunity to practice before going 'live'). Contact Jocelyn email@example.com so you can be kept informed of arrangements. Background info, see: www.350.org. & www.350.org.nz.
- Funding for environmental education action projects: WWF's (and The Tindall Foundation) Environmental Education Action Fund aim is to support schools and communities who, as part of their learning, are taking hands-on action to address an environmental issue. The next round of WWF's Environmental
Education Action Fund closes 5pm Tuesday 1 September. More info here.
- Enviroschools/Good magazine offer: Good magazine will feature Enviroschools in August issue in its regular 8 page feature Good Cause. And publisher HB Media will donate 20% of all subscriptions sold between August and October to the Enviroschools Foundation. A 12 month subscription (6 copies) is $45 – i.e. $9 will go to Enviroschools.
Public views sought on Council's funding of new conservatorium of music at the Arts Centre. Till 23 September.
Planned cycle lane for Harewood Road - public's views wanted. (CCC).
Submissions wanted: Sustainable Biofuel Bill, NZ Parliament. By Sept 11.
- DOC wants feedback on St James Conservation Area discussion paper. By 14 September. Also on draft guidelines for aircraft access in the Canterbury Conservancy. (29 July, DOC).
LEARNZ Field Trips: fully supported and free for all New Zealand teachers. All you need is a computer and internet connection. Go to www.learnz.org.nz to register or call 0800 22 55 53. Some trips :
Waikato Dairy Farming 26-28 August - More
And for Conservation Week: Kakapo 16-18 September - More
- The Outlook for Someday: A challenge to young New Zealanders (up to age 24) to make a short film interpreting the term ‘sustainability’. For more, see: www.theoutlookforsomeday.net. Closes 18 September.
- Have your say: current CCC consultations.
& from there
- Paris: Top UN climate scientist (IPCC chairman) backs 350ppm goal. (25 August, Google.com/AFP).
- US: Bill McKibben: Pachauri's call for 350ppm is breakthrough moment for climate movement. (25 August, Grist.org).
- UK: The Climate Camp is a place for anyone who wants to take action on climate change; for anyone who’s fed up with empty government rhetoric and corporate spin; for anyone who’s worried that the small steps they’re taking aren’t enough to match the scale of the problem; and for anyone who’s worried about our future and wants to do something about it. 26 August - 2 September. (Climatecamp.org.uk)
UK: Protest: Climate camp 2009. (27 August, The Guardian).
- World faces hi-tech crunch as China eyes total ban on rare metal exports - 95% are produced in China and they are vital in cutting edge technology, from hybrid cars and catalytic converters, to superconductors, and precision-guided weapons. It isn’t about the China holding the world to ransom... (24 August, Telegraph.co.uk).
- China: Powers ahead as it seizes the green energy crown from Europe. Has conquered a third of the world market for solar cells and is on a breakneck course to build 100 gigawatts of wind turbines by 2020. (23 August, Telegraph.co.uk).
- UK: The big question: Should Africa be generating much of Europe's power? (25 August, The Independent).
- UK: Averting a perfect storm of shortages in 2030. UK Govt's chief scientific adviser. (24 August, BBC).
- NZ: Greenpeace accuses NZ dairy giant Fonterra of destroying rainforest via palm oil use. Includes ownership of and ties with companies burning off forest. NZ farmers import 25% (1.1 million tonnes) of the world's PKE. (Includes 7 min. You Tube clip). (24 August, Treehugger).
- Nile Delta: We're going underwater. The sea will conquer our lands. One of the most fertile tracts of land in the world. Without the food it produces, Egypt faces catastrophe. (24 August, The Guardian).
- US: The big one: Teaching about climate change. (Summer 2009, Rethinking Schools Online).
- UK: The green list: what's best - and worst - for the planet. (24 August, The Guardian).
- Scotland to China - and back again: Cod's 10,000 mile journey to the table. (23 August, Sunday Herald).
- US: Plastics break down fast in the ocean, release contaminants. (20 August, BBC).
- Chile: Swine flu jumps again - to turkeys in Chile - but scientists see no dangerous mutation yet. (21 August, Chicago Tribune).
- UK: Link between sun screen and Alzheimer's being investigated. (24 August, Telegraph.co.uk).
- US: New clue found to disappearing honey bees. (25 August, Associated Press).
- Canada: Company plans to recycle 30 million old tyres - to make new tyres. (22 August, Clean Technica).
- Bolivia: Bolivians look to ancient farming system to turn annual floods from a curse to a blessing. (18 August, BBC).
- US: Obama to set up farmer's market outside the White House? (21 August, Treehugger).
- Kenya: Obama's grandma gets solar panels on her roof from Greenpeace. (24 August, ecoworldly).
- US: Cob house built for less than $3000. (24 August, Treehugger).
- Germany: 53 MW thin-film solar power plant now Germany's largest. (24 August, Treehugger).
- US: Lower cost solar cells to be printed like newspaper, painted on rooftops. (25 August, Science Daily).
- US: The race for non-platinum fuel cells. The implications for widescale adoption of sustainable fuel cells are huge, because until now platinum has been a major stumbling block. (23 August, CleanTechnica).
- US: Scrubbing sulphur: utilising a reusable organic liquid that can pull harmful gases such as carbon dioxide or sulfur dioxide out of industrial emissions from power plants. (21 August, Science Daily).
- US: Solar powered plane could fly for five years non-stop. (24 August, Inhabitat).
- US: Utility aims to build largest-ever grid storage battery for wind power. Wants $25m. (26 August, Reuters).
- US: Naming evolution's winners and losers. Mammals and many species of birds and fish are among evolution's "winners," while crocodiles, alligators and a reptile cousin of snakes known as the tuatara are among the losers. (24 August, Science Daily).
- Oslo: Online Encyclopedia of Life now up to 170,000 entries and growing fast. (23 August, NewsDaily).
- France: Seaweed kills horse. (19 August, ecoworldly).
- Australia: No sex in the city: traffic noise a downer for frogs. Ambience required. (22 August, ecoWorldly).
- Australia: After 200 years Southern Right whales return to breed in Tasmania. (21 August, Times Online).
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