The Planet

Four ways NZ will meet its emission targets by 2050

The Government has released its $2.9 billion plan to get Aotearoa to zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The world's biggest fish is dying because ships are crashing into it

Scientists tracked 348 whale sharks that had been satellite tagged.

NZ puts cap on carbon emissions: Here's what you need to know

The budget lays out the total amount of emissions New Zealand must cut over the next 14 years.

Suspected cyber attack hits NZ website projecting sea level rise

Scientists had designed the online tool to show sea level rise projections by location and year.

Three Waters: What is it and why this reform is controversial in NZ

The government has made a plan to combine all of NZ’s water infrastructure and make four entities.

NZ’s list of top climate polluting companies revealed

A 2021 report found that Fonterra and Z Energy were among New Zealand’s worst climate polluters.

Pollution and emissions up, species down: environment report

The intensification of the dairy industry is a major driver of NZ’s environmental decline.

Four things you need to know about today's big climate report

If global warming continues to rise, there will be less food, faltering economies and more diseases.

How I deal with climate anxiety

“We can't be crippled with anxiety because our people need us to be taking action.”

'They're everywhere': Microplastics found in human blood

A recent study by scientists has shown microplastics in human blood.

Auckland gets over a month’s worth of rain in 10 hours

More than 4000 lightning strikes happened in one hour in Auckland and the lower North Island.

The Government wants to pay you 20c for every bottle you recycle

Compost collection for every home and a bottle buy-back scheme are part of the proposed changes.

First fuel, then food: How the invasion of Ukraine will impact New Zealand

The economic impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is starting to be felt around the globe.

Made my day: Humpback whales have been removed from the threatened species list

Australia has removed them from its threatened species list.

‘It is desperate’: Community and iwi set up rāhui to save Northern Hauraki scallops

On February 6, Ngāti Manuhiri placed a two-year rāhui on collecting scallops in the Hauraki Gulf. They’re now asking the government to legally enforce the rāhui,…

Hauraki Gulf in such bad shape, Ngāti Manuhiri to place two-year rāhui on collecting scallops

Ngāti Manuhiri will place a rāhui tapu in its rohe moana from Mangawhai to Whangaparāoa.

Nitrogen fertiliser makes us money, but survey shows NZ’ers don’t think it's worth it

Over the past 30 years, synthetic nitrogen fertiliser use has increased 630 percent in New Zealand

Tonga’s underwater volcano is part of a chain of 50 extending to NZ: explainer

It's time to cast your mind back to year 10 science classes.

What we know about Tonga’s volcanic eruption and how you can help

“Can you hear that? That’s not rain, that’s fucking rocks coming down from the volcano,” says 'Ila, who saw the volcanic eruption and tsunami from Tonga’s…

Female dolphins enjoy sex, and their clitorises aren’t that different from ours

Do female dolphins enjoy having sex? American researchers decided to find out by looking at the clitorises of female dolphins. 

Scientists know that dolphins are highly social.…

Wild weather is on the way as Cyclone Cody comes to NZ

If you're hoping for a weekend swim, you may be out of luck.

2021 was New Zealand’s hottest year on record - NIWA

It says the trend "is consistent with the overall pattern of global warming".

How rāhui work | Let Me Explain

A rāhui is the tikanga or customary practice that restricts people from gathering kai or accessing an area. It can be used for water and land.

For…

We go swimming with NZ’s weird and wonderful sea slugs

We go swimming around Tāmaki Makaurau to look at shell-less sea slugs, aka Nudibranchs.

Your fear of sharks is irrational but not your fault

More New Zealanders are injured every year by alpacas and rabbits than by sharks, according to ACC. 

Climate change splitting up albatross couples

New research shows climate change is making it more likely for the usually monogamous albatross to leave their lifelong partners.

Led by Dr Francesco Ventura, the…