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Kea crowned bird of the year
  The "cheeky" green parrot that can be seen in the forest and alpine regions of the South Island has been crowned Bird of the Year. The kea, which has been described as an intelligent, inquisitive bird took out the top prize in the...

Christchurch City council's art collection grows to $13.7 million
  The value of Christchurch city's public outdoor art has risen to $13.7 million after 19 new pieces were added to the collection in the past eight years.The city council has had its outdoor artwork in public places revalued by Art...

The Big Read: Our slow moving disaster as sea level rises
  Dave Cull calls it a slow-moving disaster.That might be a tired cliche to describe climate change - a quick Google search will find you more than 300,000 similar references - but Cull can use it with a great degree of candour.The...

The Big Read: Our slow-moving disaster as sea level rises
  Dave Cull calls it a slow-moving disaster.That might be a tired cliche to describe climate change - a quick Google search will find you more than 300,000 similar references - but Cull can use it with a great degree of candour.The...

Japanese see Kiwis as 'rugged', 'unsophisticated': study
  Kiwis can seem a bit "rugged" and "unsophisticated" in perfection-seeking Japan, a report commissioned to help New Zealand businesses break into the Japanese market has found.The Through the Japan Looking Glass study found that...

Sir David Attenborough: 'The wonder and beauty'
  The great naturalist tells our science editor David Shukman why he'll never tire of his work.

Blue Planet II: Why Sir David will never tire of his work
  The great naturalist tells our science editor David Shukman why he'll never tire of his work.

More acidic oceans 'will affect all sea life'
  The eight-year study finds infant sea creatures will be especially harmed by more acidic oceans.

Project explores bond to fund new permanent native forests
  Researchers have begun building a business case for a proposed bond that could be used to fund the planting of permanent native forests in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf and elsewhere in the country.A new project, led by consultant Sam...

Farm equipment vandalised in rural Canterbury community
  A small rural community in Canterbury was vandalised overnight this weekend. Locals in the Central Plains Water Enhancement Scheme (CPW) area woke up on Saturday to discover more than 50 centre pivot irrigation tyres had been drilled...

Kermadec sanctuary not off the table - Shaw
  Green Party leader James Shaw has rejected reports that a proposal to establish the huge Kermadec sanctuary has been killed off.The proposed 620,000 sq km Kermadec Rangitahua Ocean Sanctuary would cover an area twice the size of...

Kermadec sanctuary not off the table - Ardern
  Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has scotched reports that the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary is on ice for the first term of the new Labour-led Government.In a statement, Ardern said: "Our intention is to work alongside Maori and use our...

Local Focus: Foxton fights for flow
  Foxton, a once thriving Manawatu River-side town is calling on the Government to help get its flow back. The Manawatu River Loop was once an important gateway to the Manawatu region and the Foxton Port was best known for its flax...

The place spacecraft go to die
  Why one of the Earth's most remote places is the preferred place to dump space junk.

Environmental pollution is the planet's dirty killer
  Environmental pollution - from filthy air to contaminated water - is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world.More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than Aids, tuberculosis and malaria...

Pollution hot spots around the world
  What's it like to live somewhere like Beijing, where you can even see pollution with the naked eye?

Puppy dog eyes are for human benefit, say scientists
  Researchers investigate how dogs change their expressions in response to their owners.

Colombia vets nurse tiny spider monkey back to health
  Vets in Colombia are nursing a tiny spider monkey back to health.

What will a change of government mean for science and the environment?
  What could a change of government mean for New Zealand's environment and science sectors? NZ Science Media Centre director Peter Griffin looks at the five big factors. After days of reading reports from frustrated reporters camped...

Labour's proposed water tax on farmers to be scrapped
  Prime Minister elect Jacinda Ardern has signalled that Labour will scrap its proposed water tax on farmers as part of its agreement with New Zealand First.Speaking on Morning Report this morning, Ardern said the aim of the water...

A brief history of the Earth's CO2
  Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth's climate.

Alarm over decline in flying insects
  Flying insects have declined by more than 75% in 30 years in German nature reserves, alarming ecologists.

Stonehenge builders 'ate food from Scotland'
  Animals were transported from as far away as the north east of Scotland to the Neolithic site in Wiltshire.

'This is very alarming!': Flying insects vanish from nature preserves
  Not long ago, a lengthy drive on a hot day wouldn't be complete without scraping bug guts off a windshield. But splattered insects have gone the way of the Ford Escort - you just don't see them on the road like you used to.Biologists...

Major NZ climate report: The 5 defining figures
  A sweeping stocktake out today has described the early indicators of a warming New Zealand, now being transformed by a shifting climate, rising sea levels and changing oceans.The Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ's latest...

Major NZ climate report: The five defining figures
  A sweeping stocktake out today has described the early indicators of a warming New Zealand, now being transformed by a shifting climate, rising sea levels and changing oceans.The Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ's latest...

Auckland Council plans an extra $600m to clean up Waitemata Harbour
  Auckland Council is looking to spend a further $600 million to reduce diluted sewage pouring into Waitemata Harbour and onto inner city beaches nearly every time it rains.The extra money will go to extending a massive new pipeline...

DNA feat could boost star forestry species
  A world-first DNA feat by New Zealand scientists could boost the way we grow the star species of our plantation forests.By completing a draft assembly of the radiata pine's genetic make-up, or genome, researchers at Crown research...

And then there were two: Our feisty weka, redefined
  New DNA insights have just changed what we thought we knew about another famous New Zealand bird - our feisty, flightless weka.The number of sub-species of weka has been a point of debate, with the land bird being found on mainland...

Photo of butchered rhino wins top award
  A shocking image of a dehorned black rhino makes Brent Stirton Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Lack of sea ice hampers Antarctic expedition
  Kiwi scientists gearing up for a major new study in Antarctica say the field work they'd planned could be nearly halved after fierce winter storms resulted in a dramatic change in sea ice.Niwa marine physicist Dr Natalie Robinson...

Marine reserve boosts snapper outside borders
  Marine reserves don't just benefit sea creatures living within them, but those beyond their borders as well, Kiwi researchers have suggested.University of Auckland scientists have observed a higher proportion of young snapper in...

Pesticide traces in NZ honey surprises researcher
  A researcher says he was surprised to find how four samples of New Zealand honey contained traces of a class of pesticides known for their role in the decline of bees.Professor Edward Mitchell, presently based at Crown research...

Learning by cooking wins school award
  A school that teaches reading and maths by cooking has won the country's first "Young Gardener of the Year" awards. Haumoana School , on the Hawke's Bay coast east of Hastings, grows food in its own garden and cooks it every week.Teacher...

Uncovered: Our north's fiery, 260m-year history
  We think of New Zealand's north as a summery paradise, bounded by golden beaches and turquoise waters.But our northern regions hold a dramatic and fiery ancient history - and are home to a higher density of extinct volcanoes than...

Major probe of quake danger zone begins
  What is arguably New Zealand's largest natural threat - a major active fault capable of generating a magnitude 8.5 earthquake - is about to be probed in a sprawling international project.A "megathrust" earthquake on the Hikurangi...

'Big, bad wolf' image flawed - scientists
  New research casts doubt on the idea that dogs are naturally more tolerant and friendly than wolves.

Neutron stars: 'Hear' the mighty cosmic collision
  Scientists convert the gravitational wave signal from merging neutron stars into sound.

How this camel ended up in Norway
  The Saetereng family are trying to live a sustainable lifestyle in Akkarfjord, northern Norway.

1,000mph 'Bloodhound' rocket car fires up
  World Land Speed record holder Andy Green describes the sensation of starting up the Bloodhound supersonic car for the first time.

Floating bin sucking up Portsmouth Harbour's rubbish
  The ‘Seabin’ can collect the equivalent of around 83,000 plastic bags a year.

DNA study provides insight into how to live longer
  A year in school adds nearly a year to your life, study in Edinburgh shows.

UK-Dutch-built Sentinel launches to track air quality
  Sentinel 5P lifts off from Russia to make 20 million daily observations of pollution across the globe.

Nasa carbon space observatory 'watches Earth breathe'
  A US space agency satellite provides new insights on how CO2 is moved through Earth's atmosphere.

Penguins die in 'catastrophic' Antarctic breeding season
  Only two chicks survived in a colony of 36,000 in a "catastrophic" breeding season in east Antarctica.

How do you build the next-generation internet?
  What will it take to build the ultra-fast internet of the future?

Clean Growth Plan could see stamp duty incentive for homeowners
  The changes are part of the Clean Growth Plan to reduce the UK's greenhouse emissions.

Ozone layer recovery could be delayed by 30 years
  Rising global emissions of some chemicals could slow the progress made in healing the ozone layer.

Asteroid close approach to test warning systems
  A house-sized asteroid passes close to Earth, allowing scientists to rehearse future strike threats.

Satellites spy Antarctic 'upside-down ice canyon'
  An Antarctic ice shelf is shown to have a deep gorge cut in its underside by warm ocean water.

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