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Climate of Hope: Q&A with Dr Jan Wright
  With the UN climate talks now underway in Paris, the Herald's science reporter Jamie Morton is talking to a range of experts on climate-related issues. Here he talks to Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright,...

Prince Charles to make forest appeal
  Prince Charles is to call for better protection of the world's forests at the UN climate conference in Paris.

Bid to drill deep inside Earth
  Scientists set out this week to drill a hole into the Indian Ocean floor to try to get below the Earth's crust for the first time, testing theories about the make-up of the crust on the way down.

Climate of Hope: Q&A with Professor Ralph Sims
  Q. What ways - through technology and policy mechanisms - might we achieve further reduction in transport emissions. And do you expect this will be much more difficult than achieving those gains we've made already? We could simply...

VIDEO: People of Kiribati 'may have to relocate'
  Kiribati President Anote Tong says that any possible climate deal is already too late for his country which is planning migration with ''dignity''.

Climate talks 'could be turning point'
  US President Barack Obama says the key UN climate conference in Paris could be a "turning point" in global efforts to limit future temperature rises.

NZ to commit up to $200m on climate change
  New Zealand will commit up to $200 million to support countries' climate change efforts - and $20 million toward ground-breaking research to slash agricultural greenhouse gases.Prime Minister John Key announced the new funding at...

Cartoon: Global warming

High-level climate talks open in Paris
  Leaders from 150 nations open a key UN conference in Paris aimed at reaching a deal on curbing carbon emissions to tackle global warning.

VIDEO: Think of your grandkids, Charles tells summit
  Prince Charles told world leaders to "think of your grandchildren, the same as I think of mine"

VIDEO: Attenborough: 'Solar should undercut oil'
  Sir David Attenborough tells BBC Breakfast that solar energy needs to "undercut the price of energy obtained from oil and coal."

SA grapples with worst drought in 30 years
  South Africa grapples with worst drought in 30 years

Kiwis rally ahead of UN Climate Summit
  Climate change rallies over the weekend throughout the country called for urgent action from a UN Climate Summit in Paris.About 15,000 marched in Auckland, while rallies were also held at about 35 places around New Zealand. The...

Climate of Hope: Q&A with Professor Tim Naish
  Q. Firstly, why is Antarctica so important to the issue of climate change and, broadly, what impact might it have on the planet under future scenarios? A. Antarctica holds 70 per cent of the worlds freshwater as ice, and

Poor 'left behind' at climate talks
  A critical UN conference aimed at agreeing a new global approach to climate change is set to open in Paris with 147 world leaders in attendance.

Tens of billions promised for clean energy tech development
  Government and business leaders plan to spend tens of billions of dollars in the next five years to develop clean energy technology in efforts to fight global warming, an official and a former official have told The Associated Press.The...

Paris climate protest turns violent
  French police fired teargas in clashes with climate change activists who pelted them with objects in Paris during a demonstration ahead of key UN talks, AFP reporters said.Riot police took action after a small group of masked protesters...

Hopes raised for Paris climate deal
  Global leaders are to gather for a UN global warming summit in Paris, with the shadow cast by the recent attacks expected to boost chances of a deal.

Beijing issues severe smog warning
  Authorities in the Chinese capital Beijing issue their highest smog alert so far this year after pollution readings reach 17 times safe levels.

Paris climate deal 'more likely'
  Global leaders are to gather for a UN global warming summit in Paris, with the shadow cast by the recent attacks expected to boost chances of a deal.

Rallies call for climate change action
  Demonstrations are getting under way worldwide to demand action to stop climate change on the eve of the UN summit in Paris.

Climate of Hope: Q&A with Dr Andy Reisinger
  Ahead of the 2015 UN climate change conference in Paris (COP21), the Herald's science reporter Jamie Morton is talking to a range of experts on climate-related issues.Here he talks to Dr Andy Reisinger, deputy director of the Palmerston...

Catholic call to join climate marches
  The Pope's senior adviser on global warming has urged Catholics all over the world to join global climate marches planned for Sunday.

Kiwis issue challenge to government to take action on climate change
  Showery spring weather did not dampen the spirits of thousands of New Zealanders who took to the streets this weekend to demand stronger government action on climate change. The protests are part of a global Peoples Climate March...

Climate change Q & A: 'New Zealand can and should do better'
  Ahead of the 2015 UN climate change conference in Paris (COP21), the Herald's science reporter Jamie Morton is talking to a range of experts on climate-related issues.Here he talks Victoria University's Associate Professor Ralph...

Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic
  Japan decides to resume hunting whales in the Antarctic after a break of more than a year despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice.

Eyesores or sights for sore eyes?
  Should powers station cooling towers be protected?

Is there an economic case for tackling climate change?
  Is there an economic case for tackling climate change?

Thousands rally for action on climate change
  Thousands of people have turned out to demonstrations around the country today urging the government to take a tougher stance on climate change.Protest-goers in Aucklanders gathered at Albert Park in the central city, one of 35...

How can we stop unconscious bias?
  Psychologist Dr Uta Frith challenges unconscious bias

Tarantulas 'turned blue eight times'
  A study finds that tarantulas evolved almost exactly the same shade of vibrant blue at least eight separate times.

Space rocket debris found off Scilly
  A large chunk of what is believed to have been an unmanned American space rocket is found in the sea off the Isles of Scilly.

Last chance to save the planet
  The power was out when Russell Horrell woke.Seventeen thousand homes had been put in the dark on that mid-July morning last year, when the wind raged and the rain kept hammering down.Horrell, an agricultural consultant, was in...

Minister to make fracking decision
  The decision to allow shale gas drilling - or fracking - in Lancashire will be made directly by the government, it has emerged.

'Dangerous' lakes in Everest glacier
  Lakes that have been forming near Mount Everest could threaten settlements downstream if they overflow.

Alexandra Macmillan & Rhys Jones: TPP must not block the path to healthy climate action
  The path towards a healthy climate will be a rocky one in the coming year. December's global negotiations in Paris are a crucial crossroads for choosing between bold new routes to health through well-designed climate action or continuing...

Support for climate deal 'declines'
  A public opinion survey suggests that support for strong action on climate change has declined since 2009.

Cold warning from Antarctica's past
  Another major study has pointed to the alarming potential impact of climate change on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet - the vast "sleeping giant" of the frozen continent.The EAIS, which makes up much of Antarctica, has long been regarded...

Brian Fallow: Breathing life into carbon fight
  Households and most businesses face higher power and fuel bills under proposed changes to the emissions trading scheme.The Government this week released a discussion document to start its review of the ETS. For "review", read "resurrect".The...

VIDEO: Drone used to monitor food waste gases
  An experimental drone fitted with sensors is being deployed to monitor gases rising from rubbish dumps.

Ultrasound scans brain in micro 3D
  Scientists use ultrasound to scan the blood vessels of an entire rat brain in microscopic 3D detail, pioneering a technique they say will improve cancer and stroke diagnosis.

Court lifts SA rhino horn trade ban
  A South Africa court lifts a ban on the domestic trade in rhino horns which was imposed by the government in 2009 to stem poaching.

VIDEO: What has Bristol achieved as 'green capital'
  John Maguire visited Bristol, which has been serving as Europe's official Green Capital, to see what the city has achieved in 2015.

VIDEO: What has Bristol achieved as 'green capital'?
  John Maguire visited Bristol, which has been serving as Europe's official Green Capital, to see what the city has achieved in 2015.

Spider web gives up DNA secrets
  Spiders - and their prey - can be identified from the DNA they leave behind stuck on webs, say US scientists.

Lead poisons '100,000 birds annually'
  About 100,000 wetland birds are killed every year from poisoning by discarded lead ammunition, say scientists.

Is there a danger to environmental jargon?
  The strange world of enviro-jargon

Is this the subject with the most baffling jargon?
  The strange world of enviro-jargon

VIDEO: Switzerland’s vanishing natural wonder
  Striking drone footage shows the extent of the retreat of Switzerland's Rhone Glacier, as scientists warn such magisterial ice-masses will have almost vanished by the end of the century.

VIDEO: 'Lead shot is poison for hunters'
  Why one Danish hunter campaigns against the use of lead ammunition.

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