The first detailed report on New Zealand’s fresh water is out from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics NZ. It’s the second big report to be issued under the Environmental Reporting Act 2015, which requires the ministries to report on the state of, and pressures on, our environment (the first was on the marine environment). The full series will be bundled together for a combined environmental assessment in 2019. Eloise Gibson picks the top five takeaways from today's water assessment.
The Government says nobody owns the water, but that hasn’t stopped people making hundreds of thousands of dollars selling it, reports Eloise Gibson
While the OECD urges New Zealand to rely less on international carbon credits, a leading carbon markets lawyer says the nation’s businesses should be pushing in the opposite direction.
Two environmental reports have landed in one day, both highlighting the impact of cows, but Prime Minister Bill English says we won't be shrinking milking herds in a hurry, reports Eloise Gibson.
Eloise Gibson digs into the OECD's first review of New Zealand's environmental performance in a decade and finds it calls for action on cows’ greenhouse gases and water pollution, better public transport and warmer housing, including cosier new-builds. And it draws attention to New Zealand’s complex resource management framework, including differences in councils’ abilities to implement new water standards. The OECD also challenges the Government's plan to ramp up agricultural exports.
London-based climate and economic consultants Vivid Economics have laid out some options for New Zealand to reach carbon neutrality in the second half of the century, all of them requiring shifts away from farming cows.
Eloise Gibson looks under the bonnet of the Waikato Regional Council's Plan Change 1 to explain what it means for farmers and the quality of water in our longest river. She finds plenty that is worrying the players on all sides of the debate about dairying and nitrogen leaching into our waterways.