Canterbury & South Island:
Public consultation on draft Christchurch surface water strategy: CCC wants feedback on its goals and objectives for surface water (including stormwater) and water quality management in ChCh rivers and tributaries. Until 14 August. See under diary of events: Coming up for CCC information sessions, dates & venues. More info and online submissions here. (Have your say, CCC).
Reasons given for doubts over CPW water plan. Unsustainable. (15 July, The Press/Stuff).
Hybrid rail/bus system for Christchurch? (13 July, Stuff/The Press).
CCC rewards owners of fuel efficient cars. (15 July, CCC).
Christchurch company fined for blue ink discharge. (10 July, ECan).
Metro's orbiter turns 10. (13 July, ECan).
Metro service review of North East & South West Christhchurch bus routes. Feedback welcome, sought even. (14 July, ECan).
South Island, east & south: fishing quota for flatfish increased. Worth $1.8m. (16 July, Otago Daily Times).
Murchison: Hydro plan 'would be a disaster'. (13 July, Nelson Mail/Stuff).
Otago Uni's new device to track small native birds. (15 July, Otago Daily Times).
Otago: Beaches set for protected status. (15 July, Otago Daily Times).
Central Otago: Endangered skinks get their first safe haven. (15 July, Southland Times/Stuff).
Lake Manapouri: Stowaway threatened island sanctuary. (10 July, DOC).
Hollyford Track: Martins Bay hut restoration culminates five years work. (10 July, DOC).
Invercargill: Local Govt core services: Hands off our knitting. (11 July, Southland Times/Stuff).
Invercargill: Kakapo chicks safely home to Codfish Island/Whenuahou. (10 July, DOC).
North Island & national:
Climate Change Issues Minister Smith gets grilling at climate change meeting. Some laughs too. (13 July, NZ Herald).
Nano particles pose threats, say scientists. Used in more than 800 consumer products. (13 July, Stuff/The Press).
Carbon tax 'better than ETS plan', says right-wing think tank. (16 July, The Press/Stuff).
Taxpayers foot bill for oil, gas search, says Green Party. (16 The Press/Stuff).
Don't waste science cash on GM, Fitzsimons says. (16 July, The Press/Stuff).
Replace Foreshore and Seabed Act with coastal commission. Gary Taylor. (13 Jully, NZ Herald).
Carter tackles food security at exclusive London Club. (13 July, NBR).
Future of conservation estate the subject of a public symposium in Dunedin. (15 July, Otago Daily Times).
'Conservation economy' important - Minister Groser. (13 July, Otago Daily Times).
Super-city will have no watchdog on environmental issues. Hans van der Wal. (15 July, NZ Herald).
Green MP Kedgley slams folic acid decision in heated TV debate. (12 July, TVNZ).
Scientists dispute safety claims. (16 July, The Press/Stuff).
Wheels come off national cycleway plans. (12 July, Otago Daily Times).
Teens take Kiwi concerns abroad. Five off to Copenhagen in October. (13 July, NZ Herald).
Penguins perish on Wellington roads. (15 July, DOC).
Strait flush for whale watchers. Forty-six humpback whales and one sperm whale sighted during the four-week Cook Strait whale survey. (13 July, Dominion Post/Stuff).
Fiordland Great Walks: Milford, Routeburn, Kepler : bookings now open for up to two years ahead. (13 July, DOC).
Is your local river polluted?
Russel Norman, Green MP, is collating stories from around the country to get a region by region picture of the state of our fresh waterways.
Is your local river or lake too polluted for swimming in summer? Subject to algal blooms? Are there persistent polluters in your area, such as farm discharges, waste-water treatment plants, meatworks, factories, or others? Help to get our rivers and lakes cleaned up, so children can swim in them again and native fish can return.
Send your stories to Caitlin Carew, Out of Parliament campaigner on environmental issues: email@example.com.
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 – ie $9 will go to Enviroschools.
Re-linked awards, submissions, consultations etc:
- Save our Enviroschools: Green MP Catherine Delahunty's web page. (1 July, Green Party).
- School Food petition: MP Sue Kedgley is circulating a petition calling for the reinstatement of nutrition guidelines in schools, which the government repealed earlier this year. With guidelines gone, schools are free to sell as much junk food as they like. Find (& print) a copy of the petition here. To be returned by July 31.
- RSNZ Manhire prize for creative science writing: The place - past, present or future - of human beings in the universe. Closes 22 September.
- Quail Island/Otamahua: Closed July 10 - 31, for Mouse eradication. (DOC).
- Youtube competition: Unleash your inner film director! Part of city libraries' promotion of all types of learning and recreation. (3 July, CCC).
- Southern Right Whale sightings. DOC wants the public to report sightings as they (whales) make their way south.
Submissions invited: on draft Kahurangi National Park management proposals. Including, for e.g., proposals to trial mountain bikes on the Heaphy Track. By 1 September.
Have your say: CCC current consultations. (There are 9 presently, 3 more within the next month).
Call for Heritage Award nominations in Hagley/Ferrymead area. (CCC).
Have your say on the Brooklands Lagoon area parks plans. Consultation closes 31 August.
- Nominations open for 2009 Roger Award. CAFCA (Campaign against foreign control of Aotearoa).
- ECan's Environment Enhancement Fund open: 1 June - 31 August. Anyone can apply for up to $5000 for projects that benefit the health of ecosystems in
the region. More info/applications: www.ecan.govt.nz/eef.
- Sign On: help avoid catastrophic climate change. Sign on here. (www.signon.org.nz). Greenpeace climate change campaign - to
get NZ to commit to target of 40% GHG reduction by 2020 at UN climate talks in Copenhagen in December.
& from there
- Paris: Vision dimming for climate deal. Cathrine Field. (14 July, NZ Herald).
- US: Five climate change pieces with something new to say (short excerpts). (14 July, WorldChanging).
- US: Three things the developing world wants from a global climate deal. (14 July, Treehugger).
- UK: The Manchester Report: Twenty ideas that could save the world. (13 July, The Guardian).
- UK: Can an artist's wheatfield in Hackney switch the mood on climate change? (12 July, The Guardian).
- France: France imports UK electricity. Summer heat puts a third of its nuclear power stations out of action. (3 July, Times Online).
- UK: Emerging markets' demand overtakes the West: Why the oil price will continue to rise. Video, 5 min interview. (8 July, Telegraph.co.uk).
- China: Car sales continue to climb. Up 48% in the last year. Economy growing at more than 6%. (9 July, BBC).
- UK: The unemployment time bomb is ticking. (4 July, The Telegraph).
- UK: The junk food divide: it may have nothing to do with genes and everything to do with what is in shopping baskets. (10 July, The Daily Mail).
- UK: Demise of Britain's Royal Show after 160 years: The Mr Bigs of farming leave a barren legacy. (12 July, Times Online).
- US: San Francisco's latest eco-innovation - growing food almost everywhere. (9 July, Mother Jones).
- UK: Fair trade, organic Palestinian olive oil: the most ethical product ever produced? (11 July, Telegraph.co.uk).
- US: Meet the Dervaeses of Pasadena, poster family for a new way of living. Their website receives five million hits a month and has fans across the globe, e.g. China, Uzbekistan and Benin. (9 July, Telegraph.co.uk).
- Australia: Peak oil means peak food as well. Now that energy is declining ...Australia needs a "Manhattan Project" for local, sustainable food production. Michael Llardelli. (13 July, Online Opinion.com).
- Iraq: The Euphrates River is drying up. Only partly climatic. (13 July, New York Times).
- Germany: Berlin brothel offering discounts for clients arriving by bike. "It's good for business, it's good for the environment – and it's good for the girls". (14 July, The Guardian).
- US: After rigorous study world wide, scientists reveal the world's dirtiest coastal eco-system. No, it's not in China. (13 July, Treehugger).
- Japan: New tyres made of oil from orange peels. (9 July, Earth911.com).
- US: 10 wind turbines that push the limits of design. (9 July, Popular Mechanics).
- Germany: Human hybrid speed machine: the e-rocket. Possibly the fastest pedal powered bike on the planet. (3 July, CNN video, 1 min 40).
- Peru: Fog catchers bring water to parched villages. (9 July, National Geographic).
- US: Can ancient fossils predict future climate change? Examining the record from the mid-Pliocene warm period, 3.3 to 3.0 million years ago. (8 July, The Daily Galaxy).
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