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Forest & Bird has released two dramatic videos showing how Northland's forests, which are undergoing a masting event this year, are collapsing due to chronic underfunding of the Department - New Zealand Herald
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Former Whanganui Federated Farmers President Rachel Stewart has made the controversial call that of New Zealand's dairy herds need to be reduced by 80% in
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Northland's native forests have been neglected since the region was invaded by possums in the 1960s and most are now collapsing. DOC in Northland needs an extra... $10-20 million over 10 years to combat it, but the recent budget didn't include anything of the sort. Watch our Northland Conservation Advocate, Dean Baigent-Mercer, show how possum browsing is thinning out leaf litter and making it harder for kiwi to forage in Northland during drought years. Then read his article in The Northland Age about what can be done. Kimberley

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New Zealand needs to get rid of 80 per cent of its dairy cows because dairying is dirtying our water. - New Zealand Herald
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It is inevitable while living in an inherently unsustainable and destructive Capitalist society. I don't see it as hypocrisy at all. We just have to do the best given the situation and resources available to us. Green living doesn't make a damn difference if everyone else is dragging the world into hell. It might make us feel better if we are not directly contributing to the problems but to make a real difference we have to stand up and fight for what we believe in, not just drop out and put our heads in the fair trade organic sand.

It’s not easy living green without going completely off the grid, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do what we can – and accept that sometimes we’ll fail
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Viewpoint A climate of apathy Our decades of indulgence have cost the planet, and Nature just dropped off the bill. Who’s going to pick it up? Written by James Frankham Mid-May, the mercury hit 30ºC in Masterton—15 degrees above normal. But what’s normal anymore? April was the seventh month in...
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Poor kid. Adults become desensitised to the violence we inflict on the planet and the other creatures that inhabit it. But children are pure and not yet hardened to the suffering in the world. Let's just hope people listen and take action on his behalf, for him and all the children that will have to live with the consequences of our actions, our inactions and our indifference.

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Official Budget documents show DoC's funding has been cut, says an independent expert, but the department has unequivocally denied it.
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Considering that 'Battle for out Birds' is a separate expense, surely this still amounts to cuts to other areas of the conservation budget...

Forest & Bird

Yesterday evening, Forest & Bird's analysis of the official Budget figures for the Department of Conservation showed significant baseline operating reductions. ...Up to 25% apparent reduction in conservation activities alone. This analysis was spot on and our Media Release read 'Budget '16 a tragedy for the environment'.

However, DOC got in touch almost immediately to say the official budget figures do not take into account all the numbers, and that there will be no significant reduction in DOC funding this coming year. If you think this is confusing, you're not alone. So do we.

So, the big question now is - are the Budget figures correct, or not? Will there be further cuts to DOC's staff and conservation activities or not?

What needs to happen next is for the Minister of Conservation to reassure New Zealand that there aren't any conservation cuts and that there will be no reductions in staffing or operations as a result of this year’s Budget. She needs to provide accurate and complete figures to support this, and clear up this very murky and worrying situation. Phil

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More than 8 million people were employed worldwide in the renewable energy sector last year as rapidly falling costs drove growth in the industry
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The gnats really know how to undo all the good work of previous governments and further damage not only our conservation assets but also our reputation in the process.

DOC’s conservation budget has been slashed by a quarter with a $57.5 million reduction in baseline funding for essential activities protecting native species. But the situation gets worse, becau
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Boats speeding through dolphin pods can disrupt their feeding, sleeping and socialising.
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Last week, our findings of widescale under-reporting and dumping of marine fish in New Zealand waters went public. Our study, part of a decade-long worldwide project to assess the - New Zealand Herald
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New Zealand's freshwater crisis is nowhere so pronounced as in Canterbury, writes ecologist Lan Pham.
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