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Australians favour conservation, curbs on coal

05 June 2018 | Peter Hannam

Most Australians think climate change is real, about two-thirds view themselves as environmentalists "at heart", and just over half say the government should not allow new coal mines in the country, according data gathered by WWF and Roy Morgan.


Goldrush of mining applications before NZ law change

05 June 2018 | Farah Hancock

While a proposed ban on new mines on New Zealand conservation land lumbers through a public consultation process, there has been a rush of mining applications, writes Farah Hancock for Newsroom.


Carbon sinks for kitchens and bathrooms

05 June 2018 | Bernard Hickey

New Zealand faces two challenges: reducing carbon emissions and creating a circular economy. To play its part, ecostore is creating tiny carbon sinks with its plastic bottles made from sugar cane. Bernard Hickey reports for Newsroom on World Environment Day.


Corporate harm on the front line in the Pacific

05 June 2018 | Amy Sinclair

Small Pacific nations are easy prey for big business, writes Amy Sinclair, for New Matilda.The natural wealth of Pacific nations is disappearing overseas. Unseen and unheard, the voices of Pacific Island communities on the frontline of deforestation, irresponsible mining and seabed exploitation are being overlooked and human rights abuses are going unchecked in remote rural regions.


Solar PV and wind on track to replace all fossil fuels

09 May 2018 | Andrew Blakers and Matthew Stocks

Solar photovoltaic and wind power are rapidly getting cheaper and more abundant – so much so that they are on track to entirely supplant fossil fuels worldwide within two decades, with the time frame depending mostly on politics. The protestation from some politicians that we need to build new coal stations sounds rather quaint, write Andrew Blakers and Matthew Stocks for The Conversation


BP’s failures in the Great Australian Bight documented

31 March 2018 | Karl Mathiesen

A major oil spill in the region would have covered up to 750km of beaches and disrupted whale migration, are revealed in government documents BP tried to suppress


Jakarta battles plastic waste as seas clog up

31 March 2018 | Konradus Epa

The government is working with religious groups and NGOs to seek answers. Kodir is not the only fisherman who lives on a rubbish dump in Jakarta Bay, watching his children grow up at risk from toxic waste as pollution sprawls out of control along with the overuse of plastic in the capital.


Easter Island is critically vulnerable to rising ocean levels

31 March 2018 | Nicholas Casey

Waves are beginning to reach statues and platforms built 1,000 years ago. The island risks losing its cultural heritage. New York Times correspondent Nicholas Casey, based in Colombia, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, travelled 3,500 kilometres off the coast of Chile to see how the ocean is erasing the island’s monuments.


Why do the sustainable development goals get so little attention

31 March 2018 | Social Policy Connections

Most Australians know little or nothing about the SDGs; even the Minister stated “many do not understand the SDGs, why we have them, and what they are for”, writes Loretto Sister Libby Rogerson for Social Policy Connections.


The toxic mould and rot in Middlemore hospital

31 March 2018 | David Galler

I was embarrassed and outraged by the news about the state of the hospital where I work [Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland], writes Dr David Galler – for this systematic betrayal of the very people we are here to serve and of the staff that work so hard to help them. And it goes to the fundamental question about what we choose to value


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