A new government plan is aiming at healthy, swimmable rivers and lakes throughout the country within five years. Environment Minister David Parker released a blueprint for improving water quality yesterday. Freshwater ecologist Dr Mike Joy has been a strong critic of the country’s water quality. Now he is a member of the new science and technical advisory group announced along with the plan yesterday. He talks to Guyon Espiner.
Dr Bronwyn Hayward, associate professor at the University of Canterbury.
Life as we know it will need to change if the world is to limit global warming to a level that will prevent its worst effects – and it will need to change quickly.
The Department of Conservation has spent more than $20,000 on external consultants in the case of a scientist who was suspended after photos he sent to conservation groups were passed to the media……..
As revealed by Newsroom in July, Christchurch-based ecologist Nick Head was suspended after photos of work on an irrigation pipeline he sent to conservation groups Environmental Defence Society and Forest & Bird were then sent to the media.
Congratulations, New Zealand, we’re number one. No country in the developed world is trashing its rivers as fast or as thoroughly as we are.
Forest & Bird says the Conservation Minister has been misled by her own department, after a manager doctored scientific advice she requested on the Mackenzie Basin.
Simons Pass Station is a high-country farm at the southern end of Lake Pukaki. It is made up of both freehold land and the Simons Pass Crown pastoral lease.
New official research suggest we need 10-22 per cent reduction of livestock emissions.
Protesters dressed as cows.
About 100 environmental activists from Greenpeace and Oil Free Otago were joined by members of the public as they marched up Stuart St to the office of Dunedin accountant Murray Valentine, who plans to build a 4500ha dairy farm at Simon’s Pass near Twizel.
Plans for a new tourist facility at a foreign-owned high country station near Lake Pukaki have sailed through planning permission.