The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 10 million on Sunday, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University. The terrible milestone comes six months after initial cases were first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in mid-December, before continuing to spread across the globe. Covid-19 has infected 10,001,527 and killed at least 499,123… Continue reading Global coronavirus cases surpass 10 million
Built in 1878, this rail route between the Hutt Valley and Featherston is now a gently graded 18 km walk, run or mountain bike ride, with opportunities for camping, swimming and fishing. The rail trail is a gently graded 18 km walk or mountain bike ride. This makes it an ideal trip for families with… Continue reading The Rimutaka Incline, Wellington
Waipapa Point is a rocky promontory on the south coast of Foveaux Strait, the South Island of New Zealand. It is located 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southeast of the mouth of the Mataura River, at the extreme southwestern end of the area known as the Catlins. The coastline of the Catlins is notoriously dangerous, and there have been many shipwrecks in the region. The most… Continue reading Waipapa Point, Southland
Reported Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases around the world reached 5 million on Thursday as some countries begin easing strict social distancing guidelines and look to reopen their economies, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The number of reported cases worldwide hit 5,000,038 and the global death toll now stands at 328,172, according to Hopkins. The latest morbid… Continue reading Coronavirus – Global cases surpass 5 million
Statistics NZ on Monday said New Zealand’s population passed 5 million in March as the country went into lockdown. “This is a significant event for New Zealand,” said population insights senior manager Brooke Theyers. “It is also the fastest million in our history, taking 17 years after reaching 4 million in 2003.” At the end… Continue reading New Zealand population hits 5 million
Alert Level 2 — Reduce The disease is contained, but the risk of community transmission remains. Risk assessment Household transmission could be occurring. Single or isolated cluster outbreaks. Range of measures that can be applied locally or nationally People can reconnect with friends and family, and socialise in groups of up to 10, go shopping, or… Continue reading New Zealand to COVID-19 ALERT Level 2, 13 May 2020.
New Zealand is a special place, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand while travelling. View there full version of the video below. WHILE TRAVELLING IN NEW ZEALAND I WILL CARE FOR LAND, SEA AND NATURE, TREADING LIGHTLY AND LEAVING NO TRACE TRAVEL SAFELY, SHOWING CARE AND CONSIDERATION FOR ALL RESPECT CULTURE, TRAVELLING WITH AN OPENHEART AND MIND
What is Carbon Dioxide (CO2) – Carbon Dioxide is 1 Carbon atom with 2 Oxygen atoms. C (Carbon) 02 (Oxygen x2) di-1 a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “two,” “twice,” “double” (diphthong); on this model, freely used in the formation of compound words (dicotyledon; dipolar) and in chemical terms (diatomic; disulfide).… Continue reading (CO2) an important heat-trapping greenhouse gas.
The new NASA supercomputer project builds on the agency’s satellite measurements of carbon dioxide and combines them with a sophisticated Earth system model to provide one of the most realistic views yet of how this critical greenhouse gas moves through the atmosphere. Scientists have tracked the rising concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide for decades using… Continue reading NASA Computer models Carbon Dioxide through the atmosphere
Covid-19 (coronavirus) has now infected 3 million people around the world, with the global death toll more than 200,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The true toll is believed to be much higher, because of inadequate testing, differences in counting the dead, and efforts by some governments to conceal the extent of… Continue reading Covid-19 cases worldwide reach 3 million
The Government put New Zealand out of Alert Level 4 lockdown at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April. We will hold at Alert Level 3 for 2 weeks, before Cabinet reviews how we are tracking and makes further decisions on 11 May. The Government’s decision today allows many businesses to get going again, and for many… Continue reading New Zealand To COVID-19 Alert Level 3, 28 April 2020
Trees are an important part of the CO2 cycle – they absorb upto 25% of all emissions. They are important to our environment as they contribute by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. During the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen… Continue reading Trees are Vital for our environment
Earthday 2020 – April 22, 2020 marks 50 years of Earth Day. The first Earth Day sparked the passage in the U.S. of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. The urgency has never been greater, and the stakes have never been higher – we… Continue reading Earthday 2020
Beautiful video from Visit Auckland with a poignant message for today’s times – Papatūānuku (our earth mother) is Breathing Sit at a distance, stand as one. When the time is right, we welcome you. But for now, listen. Papatūānuku (our earth mother) is breathing. All copyright notices can be found on YouTube.
New Zealand was moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict, for the next 48 hours before then moving into Level 4 – Eliminate, as New Zealand escalates its response to stop the virus in its tracks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. Due to the early and strong steps we’ve taken, New Zealand… Continue reading New Zealand COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
The World Health Organization declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020, and recognised it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 24 April 2020, more than 2.7 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 185 countries and territories, resulting in more than 190,000 deaths. More than 738,000 people have recovered, although… Continue reading The WHO declared Coronavirus a global pandemic
Talk to our youth, explain to them why our climate change message is important, show them that pollution is now not tolerated and allow them to take steps to protect our planet. We all have a role to play in preventing the polluting of our planet – whether it be in educating, protesting or inspiring.… Continue reading Our youth – our hope and joy.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how wonderful New Zealand is because we live busy lives, forget to look around and see it. We love living in New Zealand and appreciate its beauty every day. Once and while look up, stop to remember, you will remember why we fight to protect New Zealand & planet.… Continue reading New Zealand we should Stop, look & Admire more often
A great article from Earthday Blog on plastic pollution. We are going to implement as many of these into our 2020 goals. The use of plastic in our world is staggering — we as humans have created some 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic, the equivalent 800,000 Eiffel Towers. Plastic pollution is a problem because of… Continue reading PLASTIC POLLUTION – 5 Ways you can help tackle it.
You know things are starting to hot-up about Climate Change with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — headed by Prince William and Kate Middleton launch “The Earthshot Prize” “The earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet… Continue reading The Earthshot prize – Decade of Action to Repair the Earth
People around the world have united to sing Resolution Song. Their goal is to inspire everyone around the world to make New Year’s resolutions to protect our planet from the climate and environmental emergency. We think this is fantastic, anyway you can get the message out – it can only be a good thing Here’s… Continue reading Join The Resolution
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2). The outbreak was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The virus is primarily spread between people during close contact, often via small droplets produced by coughing, sneezing, or talking. The droplets usually fall to the ground or onto surfaces rather than remain in the air over long… Continue reading Coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China
Making sustainable changes doesn’t mean you have to give up on your favourite traditions!
It’s actually a lot easier than you think, and in most cases a lot cheaper. We’ll be sharing our top three tips for creating an eco-friendly Christmas, that are fun, easy and thoughtful.
In the last 15 years ‘fuel poverty’ – otherwise known as energy hardship – has been variously estimated at anywhere between less than 100,000 to over 400,000 households. See here for a summary of some of the attempts. This ‘10% threshold’ discussion below has been written by Ian McChesney. Ian is deeply experienced in the community energy… Continue reading Energy hardship – Redefining measurement
Everyone is focused on climate change & global warming, the big issue we face today is man-made pollution and single use plastics need to be addressed. The more we see governments addressing the problem of pollution the better. Ignoring the problem of plastics pollution is no longer an option. We are heartened to see that… Continue reading Single use plastics – Say goodbye to more
By the end of this year the population of the world is expected to be 7.713 billion.
Is climate change something we have created as the “human race,” or is it a natural phenomenon getting blown out of all proportion? Personally, I am not sure – so join us as we look to investigate the science (and myths) about climate change 2019 and onwards. It is tough to believe what you read,… Continue reading Is climate change real? Should you be concerned about it?
People living in energy hardship live in homes that perform so poorly that the cost of keeping the home warm and dry (and have hot water when they need it) is too high. Lining up with the dynamics of economic poverty, energy hardship comes from having a home that is hard to heat and keep… Continue reading Energy Hardship, living with it in New Zealand
Energy democracy is the idea that New Zealand can shift from a centralised, top-down provision of energy to one that prioritises deep engagement and local decision-making for communities to literally “own” their energy network. The reason this is so important is not only because it helps to give a resilient supply of electricity, but it… Continue reading Energy Democracy, communities owning Energy networks
This is great to see that the New Zealand government is looking at reducing carbon emissions with the agricultural sector. Surely the” urban sector” carbon emissions are being produced at an alarming rate as well – where is the Urban Emissions scheme? This type of policy does seem to be a bit of “kick the… Continue reading New Zealand Government announces New plan for agriculture emissions pricing scheme.