Leaving fossil fuels unburned remains the first urgent priority of climate action, but protecting and restoring natural ecosystems will also be critical, according to a recent review of the scientific literature.
As our climate and ecological crises deepen, attention has been turning to viable and efficient ways to restore natural ecosystems. Maureen Howard talks to volunteers restoring native beech forest to slopes of Wakatipu Basin.
When it comes to sequestering carbon, New Zealand’s peatlands are champions. Maureen Howard finds out why.
We still burn a lot of coal to ward off the cold and to fuel industry, despite the price in carbon emissions. But as Maureen Howard reveals, there’s a cleaner, plentiful alternative.
Grey hair and wrinkles are par for the course in farming circles these days. Maureen Howard talks to a new generation of organic market gardeners who have created a living by going local, small and...
We know the hoiho is in trouble. We know a shifting diet is part of the problem. But how does this knowledge help highlight hope? Maureen Howard looks to sea for answers.
Whether it is swales or community-owned electric vehicles, recent QSM recipient Dugald MacTavish is thinking of the future, writes Maureen Howard.
Art about climate change is not a extra, Dunedin School of Art art-historian Dr Bridie Lonie tells Maureen Howard.
The challenge of feeding billions more by mid century has prompted some to call for a great food transition. Maureen Howard talks to a farmer playing his part.
Big cities don't spring to mind as destinations for eco retreats. But as Maureen Howard discovered, there are oases if you know where to look.
As school pupils around the world protest for a liveable climate, what role are educators playing to equip children with the perspectives and skills they will need to create an ecologically...
From her Lighthouse Studio, artist Lynn Taylor uses printmaking to shed light on the environment, writes Maureen Howard.
There's canvas and proximity to nature, but a stay at Valley Views in the Waitaki Valley is not camping as you know it, writes Maureen Howard.
Flying is often the best way for academics to get where they want to go, both geographically and in terms of their career. But what if staying grounded is better for the planet?
The tiny single-cell aquatic plants that produce half of all our oxygen are threatened by ocean acidification. Maureen Howard talks to researchers about the danger and what's to be done.
Not too worried about environmental issues? That's good, but if species extinction, pollution and climate change get any worse, more of us are likely to experience the enviro-blues.
Retrofitting our streets to create human-centric towns and cities is the new "old" goal of urban planners. And it's about more than making room for cyclists and pedestrians.
What are the options available for businesses to divert their food waste from the landfill? Maureen Howard talks to one Dunedin enterprise that isn't waiting for a kerbside collection scheme.