Global coronavirus cases surpass 10 million

MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 17: Volunteers, health care workers and doctors participate in a protest against what they say is the city's and county's poor response to helping the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak on April 17, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Dr. Henderson and several group organizations are helping the homeless by providing tests, protective masks, gloves, tents, and other items to the people in need. The groups are calling on local officials to make hotels, dorm rooms and other properties immediately available to house people; cancel all rent and mortgages; halt all evictions and end the arrest of homeless people. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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

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Waipapa Point, Southland

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

Coronavirus – Global cases surpass 5 million

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. Denis Balibouse | Reuters

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

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New Zealand to COVID-19 ALERT Level 2, 13 May 2020.

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.

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Tiaki – Care for New Zealand

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

(CO2) an important heat-trapping greenhouse gas.

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.

NASA Computer models Carbon Dioxide through the atmosphere

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

Trees are Vital for our environment

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

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

Visit Auckland – Papatūānuku (our earth mother) is Breathing

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 COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours

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

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The WHO declared Coronavirus a global pandemic

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

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PLASTIC POLLUTION – 5 Ways you can help tackle it.

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.

The Earthshot prize – Decade of Action to Repair the Earth

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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

Join The Resolution

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

Coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China

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

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Making sustainable changes this holiday season

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.

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Energy hardship – Redefining measurement

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

Single use plastics – Say goodbye to more

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

Energy Democracy, communities owning Energy networks

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

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New Zealand Government announces New plan for agriculture emissions pricing scheme.

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.