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To supplement the diary here's a selection of news and articles and bits and pieces of interest from around and about, and here and there, e.g:
Canterbury & South Island:
Arbor Day, 5 June: Have some tree planting fun. (26 May, CCC).
Ashburton hydro scheme gains consent. (28 May, ECan).
Central City South vision gets green light. (28 May, CCC).
Inependent Fisheries company fined for oil spill in Lyttelton harbour. (28 May, ECan).
Christchurch company director fined $16000 for dumping waste near river. (25 May, Stuff/The Press).
Ruby Bay, Nelson: By-pass a risk to estuary? (25 May, Nelson Mail/Stuff).
Fairlie: Cycle rail trail mooted. (26 May, Timaru Herald/Stuff).
Mackenzie Basin: the war against rabbits resumes. 1080 poison drop plan. (26 May, Stuff/The Press).
Mackenzie District: Farmers and ECan clash over contentious plan change. (23 May, Timaru Herald/Stuff).
Dunedin: Police blast rescued tramper. (28 May, Otago Daily Times).
Otago Peninsula: New roost a boost for birds and humans. STOP pleased. (27 May, Otago Daily Times).
Gore: Accord on Kaiwera Downs windfarm, but Trustpower says project on hold "till things settle down". (26 May, Otago Daily Times).
Invercargill: Crowds enchanted by kakapo chicks. (26 May, Southland Times/Stuff).
North Island & national:
Key backs Brownliee's call for no more power price hikes. After Commission report said consumers charged $4.3 billion more than they would have been in a competitive market. (25 May, Otago Daily Times).
Scientist: Looking at the implications of a "high-carbon world" on NZ. (23 May, Dominion Post/Stuff).
RMA plans disadvantage Maori, Trust says. (27 May, NZ Herald).
Labour and Greens attack new state house rule. Gives Housing NZ the right to decide whether people on parole or bail can live in its state homes. (26 May, Otago Daily Times).
Ticklish problems for the Greens. The jury is still out on whether this is the best or worst possible time for green initiatives. Gordon Campbell. (28 May, Dominion Post/Stuff)
DOC named public service’s top energy manager at New Zealand’s premier energy efficiency awards. (22 May, DOC).
DOC hot water solar programme for island sites. (21 May, DOC).
Kiwi stars sign on to Greenpeace climate change campaign. (24 May, NZ Herald).
Editorial: Writing on the wall for sow stalls. (25 May, NZ Herald).
Unpasteurised cheeses a step closer for NZ consumers. (25 May, NZ Herald).
Australian carbon farmer: NZ could become carbon neutral if farmers act now. Soil Carbon Conference coming up. (23 May, The Gisborne Herald).
Auckland: More people riding buses, trams. Biggest growth in twenty years. (27 May, Papkura Courier/Stuff).
Auckland: Anti-Super City protest marchers en masse in Queen St. (26 May, NZ Herald).
Waikato: Contact Energy scores 12 month delay to 180 turbine Hauauru ma raki windfarm. (25 May, TVNZ).
Waikato: Farm effluent 'catastrophe' foreseen. More than 1400 cows in the herd and no contingency plan. 40 charges for illegal discharges. (22 May, Waikato Times/Stuff).
Hawkes Bay: Land based sewerage scheme may save badly polluted Tukituki River. (25 May, Dominion Post/Stuff).
Palmerston North: City Council wants Govt to develop a national policy statement with new rules on where windfarms could be built, the number of turbines and how far away they must be from houses. Support gathering from other areas. (26 May, Otago Daily Times).
Whanganui Naitonal Park: First Maori National Park? (27May, Wanganui Chronicle).
Consumer confusion allows manuka honey 'rip-offs'. (25 May, National Business Review).
Re-linked awards, submissions, consultations etc:
- Canterbury’s air pollution monitoring is online: ECan's website now features daily air pollution forecasts and records each night’s levels. The site monitors records for the Canterbury region, including Christchurch, Timaru, Rangiora and Kaiapoi. The results are online under Eye on the Environment: Air Quality on ECan's home page: www.ecan.govt.nz/home.
ECan's Environment Enhancement Fund to open: 1 June - 31 August. Anyone can apply for up to $5000 for projects that benefit the health of ecosystems in
the region. More information/applications: www.ecan.govt.nz/eef.
Christchurch air rules awareness campaign: ECan is stepping up publicity around the forthcoming ban on the winter use of open fires and older woodburners in Christchurch, effective from 2010. Home heating rules for Christchurch: Click on the heating situation on the map provided to find out the rules that apply in your area.
- LEARNZ field trips:
Ancient NZ - A trip to the Chatham Islands with Canterbury University Scientists to look at native birds including the Black Robin. Spread over the month of May.
Wetfeet - A trip to Lake Ohia in Northland to learn about wetland ecosystems and the cultural significance of the wetlands to Maori. 20 -22 May.
Trout - Freshwater Ecology - A trip to the Turangi Trout Centre to investigate management of fisheries and freshwater conservation. 10 - 12 June
Geo Hazards - A trip to walk over the Auckland volcanoes, stay on Rangitoto Island and learn about impacts of volcanic events of the past, present and future. 24-26 June.
More info: www.learnz.org.nz. or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Heat pump water heaters: New funding pilot programme for efficient water heating - same grant as for solar. (EECA).
& from there
- China: reiterates stance on emissions. Rich countries should cut GHG emissions by at least 40% from 1990 levels by 2020. (22 May, Chinadialogue).
- Climate change summit hijacked by biggest polluters, critics claim. (24 May, The Guardian).
- UK: What the future looks like. Astronomer Martin Rees speculates as the planet faces the most dangerous century in its 4.5 billion year history. (26 May, the Guardian).
- Rapid climate change forces scientists to evaluate 'extreme' conservation strategies. Do something or do nothing? (26 May, Science Daily).
- US: Yosemite's giant trees disappear. (22 May, BBC Earth News).
- UK: G8 move to halt 'farmland grabbing'. (26 May, Financial TImes).
- Amnesty International: Economic crisis fuelling a human rights 'time bomb'. (28 May, News Daily/Reuters).
- US: Association of Physicians want a moratorium on GM foods. (22 May, Global Research).
- China: Plastic bags ban has 'saved 1.6m tonnes of oil'. (22 May, The Guardian).
- South America, Australia: Dengue fever outbreak far worse than Swine Flu. (18 May, ecoWorldly).
- UK: Eco-vandals take on the gas guzzlers. Spate of attacks on 4x4 vehicles in Manchester. (23 May, The Independent).
- UK: Nuns arrive at eco-convent and leave behind (after 171 years) high carbon habit. New home has solar panels, grass-covered roof and reedbed sewage system. (21 May, The Guardian).
- Australia: Interview with an innovative farmer. "Some of his mates call him lazy; he sounds more like a genius to me." (no date, ABC Rural Online/Energy Bulletin).
- UK: Rice milk arsenic contamination prompts food watchdog warning for children to stop drinking it. (22 May, The Daily Mail).
- Japan: Sanyo hits world record for solar cell efficiency. (21 May, TG Daily).
- France: Wind and solar-powered street lighting skips the grid. (22 May, ecoGeek).
- Portugal: World largest wave power project on hold. It’s starting to look like ocean and wave power might just be one of those technologies that never really takes off. (20 May, ecoGeek).
- Coming soon: Environmentally friendly cooling with magnetic refrigerators. (17 May, Science Daily).
- UK: Redirecting air flow off plane wings could cut fuel use by 20%. (26 May, ecoGeek).
- Space rock yields carbon bounty. (26 May, BBC).
- Heat tolerant coral reefs found - may survive global warming. (22 May, Science Daily).
- Study unlocks history of the seas. Mediaeval fisherman first took to the open sea in about AD 1,000 as a result of a sharp decline in large freshwater fish, scientists suggest. (24 May, BBC).
- Pea-sized sea-horse included in new species top 10 list. (22 May, Live Science).
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