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Largest Ever Bleaching of Sea Sponges Recorded in New Zealand

Largest Ever Bleaching of Sea Sponges Recorded in New Zealand

Sea sponges are simple marine animals that have been around for about 600 million years. Their skeletons are dense and porous and they adapt well to their particular habitat, attaching themselves to different types of surfaces, from rocks and corals to soft sediments, like mud and sand. They have even been known to fasten themselves […]

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    In World First, New Zealand Law Will Force Banks to Disclose Climate Impacts of Investments

    In World First, New Zealand Law Will Force Banks to Disclose Climate Impacts of Investments

    By Andrea Germanos New Zealand officials on Thursday heralded passage of a groundbreaking law requiring financial institutions to disclose climate-related risks. “This is a landmark day,” Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said in a speech to Parliament. At issue is the Financial Sector (Climate-related Disclosures and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, which had its […]

    New Zealand to Ban Most Single-Use Plastics by 2025

    New Zealand to Ban Most Single-Use Plastics by 2025

    In its latest environmental commitment, New Zealand has announced a ban on the majority of single-use plastics by 2025. The new measure builds on the country’s 2019 decision to phase-out plastic bags and includes everything from disposable cutlery to ear buds and fruit labels, The Guardian reported. “These types of plastics often end up as […]

    New Zealand Declares Climate Emergency

    New Zealand Declares Climate Emergency

    The government of New Zealand declared a climate emergency on Wednesday, a symbolic step recognizing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predictions of substantial global warming if emissions do not fall. Alongside the declaration, New Zealand announced it would require its public sector to become carbon neutral by 2025. Government agencies would need to […]

    New Zealand’s Ardern Pledges 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 if Her Labour Party Wins Next Month’s Election

    New Zealand’s Ardern Pledges 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 if Her Labour Party Wins Next Month’s Election

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has promised to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 if her party wins re-election in October. In announcing the new pledge Thursday, Ardern tied the goal to a green recovery from the coronavirus, SBS News reported. “The COVID-19 economic recovery represents a once in a generation opportunity to […]