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Here's a selection of news and articles and bits and pieces of interest from around and about, and here and there, eg:
Environment Canterbury (ECan) may be forced to rehear resource consent applications to take groundwater from red-zoned Waimakariri-Selwyn part of the Canterbury Plains. (11 November, The Press).
North Canterbury farmer fined $8500 for effluent discharge. (11 November, ECan).
March Construction fined $8000 for Avon River discharge. (7 November, ECan).
Identifying residential and business areas of greater Christchurch: ECan to appoint independent commissioners to hear the 300 submissions on Proposed Change 1 of the Regional Policy Statement. (7 November, ECan).
Blenheim: weekend haul of blue cod lands anglers in legal strife. (11 November, Nelson Mail).
Marlborough: White pollution upsets river users. Wedding guests horrified. (7 November, The Marlborough Express).
Growing demand for electricity in South Canterbury: Alpine eyes big power investment. (8 November, Tmaru Herald/Stuff).
Consultant: Control of wildling conifers in Wakatipu going backwards. (7 November, Otago Daily Times).
Otago Harbour: fishermen no longer backing mataitai. (8 November, Otago Ddaily Times).
Central Otago: Environmental time bomb for the Nevis Valley? (7 November, Otago Daily times).
Waitakere mayor wins UN eco-honour. (12 November, NZ Herald).
Bay of Islands: After a drawn-out legal wrangle that threatened to bankrupt them, oyster farmers now need to find up to $3.5 million to clean up their polluted farms. (7 November, Northern Advocate).
Auckland councils want govt input into billion dollar rail electrification project. (10 November, NZ Herald).
Auckland: affordable housing plan for Mt Roskill secretly dumped. (7 November, Stuff).
Hawkes Bay: Fertiliser giant Ravensdown to defend claim for at least $1 million for damages over orchard losses. (8 November, Hawkes Bay Today).
Hamilton: Tui expected to flourish in the city after crack down on pests. (11 November, Waikato Times).
Energy shake up looms. (11 November, Dominion Post/The Press).
Federated Farmers have not challenged key findings on Clean Streams Accord. (10 November, Forest & Bird).
Fonterra quiet on split up of Sanlu. (8 November, NZ Herald).
Fonterra (6th) & Sanlu (1st) both in world top 10 list of most criticised on environmental grounds. (12 November, The NZ Herald).
Farmers say: Fonterra out of touch. Don't support opening up their co-op. (11 November, NZ Herald).
Lobbyists take aim at SOEs: Meridian, TVNZ, Landcorp and Kiwibank...(Deja vue all over again?). (9 November, Stuff/Sunday Star Times).
Forest lobby wants NZ Super Fund to bid for forest. (11 November, National Business Review).
Science: New carbon foot-printing project begins. (10 November, Landcare Research).
Professor says: eg, for tooth decay, body odour, ear infections bacteria can beat the bugs. NZ leads research.(13 November, NZ Herald).
Many new wonders discovered in latest world sea census. (12 November, NZ Herald).
New arrivals for Wellington Harbour's Matiu/Somes Island: 15 rare green geckos. (11 November, DOC).
Two job offers: The Waihora Ellesmere Trust (WET) wants a Development Manager (30hrs/wk) and an Administrator (15hrs/wk). (WET is a charitable trust formed in 2003 to promote better management of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, to improve health and biodiversity of the lake and catchments, and to educate people about its values).
For more info: email@example.com or 027 201 1000.
Applications close 28 November.
Wanted: submissions on the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. Until 23 January 2009. More info here.
Re-linked awards, submissions, consultations etc:
ECan's annual report, 2007 - 2008. (30 October, ECan).
- CCC 2008 Annual Report published (November, CCC website).
- Last days!: The Starter Home Design Competition: for designers, architects and builders to come up with innovative plans for good quality, affordable homes. General entries close Wednesday 19 November; student entries Wednesday 26 November. More: http://www.dbh.govt.nz/designcomp
Free, research-based advice on sustainably renovating your home: warmer, drier, healthier, more affordable to run & kinder on the environment.
More info: www.beaconpathway.co.nz
- LEARNZ: online education upcoming programmes: 1. Kiwi: 4 - 7 November.
2. Science On Ice: (Antarctica) 10 - 20 November.
3. Takahe: 18 - 21 Nov. More info: LEARNZ.
- Support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Background info here. (www.converge.org.nz).
- Now open: 2009-10 Sustainable Management Fund. (Ministry for the Environment). Till 22 January 2009.
- CAFCA opposes NZ Free Trade Agreement with US, wants your help: The NZ not for sale campaign
& from there
- Iceland: Stunned Icelanders struggle after economy's fall. (8 November, New York Times).
- Europe: To build super grid to protect itself from Russian energy stranglehold. (13 November, Times onLine).
- China: Premier Wen Jiabao: Rich nations should ditch 'unsustainable' lifestyles. (6 November, Yahoo News).
- Australia: Reducing consumption the key to a sustainable future. (12 November, Energy Bulletin/CSIRO).
- China: The green dragon awakes: eco-efforts a sign of things to come? (12 November, Treehugger).
- The crumbling of China's export market. (13 November, Energy Bulletin/Language Matters).
- Southern Ocean: heading for acidification tipping point 30 years earlier than feared. (12 November, Treehugger).
- Are we doing enough to protect the ozone layer? (7 November, The Daily Galaxy).
- Maldives: Sinking nation. Maldives leader seeks new home for entire population. (12 November, NZ Herald).
- Australia acts to save 'Alps' from climate change. (10 November, The Independent).
- US: A new energy economy emerging in the United States. (12 November, Treehugger).
- UK: Police warn of growing threat from eco-terrorists. (9 November, The Guardian).
- Sydney rail: coming to the end of the line: Sydney bursting at the seams but rail line cancellations leave it nowhere to turn. New suburbs in gridlock. (8 November, Sydney Morning Herald).
- Canada fines company for advocating car pooling. (12 November, Red Green and Blue).
- UK: traffic levels fall for first time in decades: Motor firms head for crash. (9 November, The Independent).
- Toronto: Bike generator harnesses power from bumps in the road. (4 November, Treehugger).
- solar powered robotic lawn mower. (10 November, Inhabitat).
- US: Research finding: low concentrations of pesticides can become toxic when mixed together. (11 November, News from Pitt/University of Pittsburgh).
- UK: The slippery business of palm oil. (6 November, The Guardian).
- UK: Bananas growing in UK eco- house.
- US: Scientists discover carbon capturing rock. (4 November, Technology Review).
- Battery life break through could increase battery life by up to 800%. (12 November, Treehugger).
- Life after (peak) oil: Powerdown - but where? Countryside or city? (12 November, Indyweek.com).
- UK: 'clean up' bees could save endangered hives. (9 November, The Guardian).
- Darwin's specimens go on display. (7 November, BBC News).
- Southern Oceans: Octopuses share 'still living ancestor'. (9 November, BBC News).
- Galapagos: Thought to be the world's rarest animal, the last giant turtle, in his prime at 90, cuts a notch in his belt (twice!) after 36 years. (12 November, ABC News).
- In photos: baby hippo adopted by 100 year old tortoise. (2 November, Treehugger).
- The desperate plight of frogs: vanishing Mississippi gopher frog gets a jump start. (8 November, NZ Herald).
- Doing yoga saved my broken back (9 November, BBC News).
- To mark World Toilet Day: 19 November. (info: wateraid.org/australia).
ecologically mindless. (Feb 2002, ecoSan).
Mozambican singer shines light on sanitation. ( !2 April, BBC News).
(till next year... well maybe not that long) have a look at this guy's business. He calls it the Natural Event (says he's out to change the world from the bottom up). He's Ocker - very switched on though. His biggest event so far (rock concert): compost toilets for 60,000 people. What better use for a wheelie bin? (When ready for a promotion or when I get sacked I'd like to go work for him - ed).
woops! nearly forgot. Also: US: George W Bush sewage plant plan flushed. In such bad taste, don't you think? (6 November, Chicago Tribune).
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