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Government announces biotechnology deregulation is coming to New Zealand very soon. What will it mean for us?

The Government has announced that during the next three months it will take Cabinet decisions on new regulations to remove the ban on genetic engineering...

China resumes ‘panda diplomacy’ with US

Two bears are en route to the San Diego Zoo as part of a conservation effort. A pair of giant pandas from China are heading...

German town votes to kill all pigeons

The decision has caused outrage among animal rights campaigners. Residents of Limburg-an-der-Lahn have voted to wipe out every single pigeon in the German town, claiming...

Protests against ‘Fast-Track Approvals Bill’ today

Thousands of protesters gathered in downtown Auckland, with similar demonstrations taking place across Nelson, Whakatāne, Christchurch, and Tākaka, to oppose the coalition Government’s Fast-Track...

Court upholds fine for Instagrammer who drove boat into endangered dirds

An Auckland-based international rugby player and social media content creator, Matt Jurlina, who faced penalties after posting a video of himself speeding a powerboat...

Forest & Bird’s wapiti backdown ‘a win for Fiordland’ – ACT

Good news for hunters, taxpayers, and Fiordland – Forest & Bird have paused their legal action against the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation, says ACT MP...

DoC to Cut 130 jobs

The Department of Conservation (DoC) faces major restructuring, with plans to cut 130 roles as part of the government's mandate for a 6.5 percent...

Invasive clam discovery leads to temporary closure of Taupō water park

Following the detection of the invasive Asian clam at the Lake Taupō Aqua Park, Biosecurity New Zealand has enacted a temporary shutdown of the...

Chernobyl wolves have anti-cancer genome – study

Scientists hope the findings can help identify protective mutations and increase the odds for humans to survive the disease. Wolves in the irradiated Chernobyl Exclusion...

Hunter-led conservation project helps boost the health of Kaimanawa Forest Park

A hunter-led conservation project has removed hundreds of deer from a remote part of the Kaimanawa Forest Park, helping improve the forest’s health, Hunting...

Government repeals Natural and Built Environment Act and Spatial Planning Act

Parliament has passed legislation repealing the Natural and Built Environment Act and the Spatial Planning Act as part of the Government’s 100-day plan, RMA...

More work needed on freshwater rules – Fed Farmers

Changes to freshwater rules are a step in the right direction but more work needs to be done if the new Government are serious...

Rat plague descends upon Australian town

Swarms of rodents have been “eating everything they can get their hands on” in a fishing village in Queensland, the locals say. Rats have taken...

Cause of mysterious elephant deaths in Botswana revealed

Scientists have found that toxins produced by microscopic algae killed 250 elephants in Africa. Around 250 African elephants were killed by neurotoxins produced by microscopic...

BBC animal expert ‘raped puppies, tortured dogs’

A judge trying the producer has warned that the “grotesque” case details were enough to cause “nervous shock”. An acclaimed UK crocodile expert and BBC...

Biden calls Grand Canyon one of ‘nine wonders of world’ in latest gaffe

The renowned land formation is full of “ironic” species, the president declared. US President Joe Biden called the Grand Canyon “one of Earth’s nine wonders”...

Commerical fishing boat on-board cameras to go live this week

The rollout of on-board cameras across New Zealand's inshore commercial fishing fleet has reached a new milestone, with cameras going live on the first...

Man spends $15,000 to ‘become a dog’ – media

The man, known only as Toco, says he keeps his canine identity a secret from friends and family. A Japanese man known only as Toco...

Worm revived and reproducing after 46,000 years in permafrost

The microscopic organism belongs to a previously-undiscovered species. Scientists in Russia have successfully revived a female roundworm that laid dormant in Siberia for 46,000 years....

Serial bird-feeder fined $3,000

Singaporean authorities view rock pigeons as an invasive species. A 67-year-old man was issued with a S$4,800 (US$3,600) fine in Geylang, Singapore on Friday after...

Wolverine spotted in California marks second-ever sighting in 100 Years

The sighting of a wolverine from 2008 to 2018, primarily in the Tahoe National Forest, was the only previous record of the species in...

3D printed fish set to hit the market

Around a third of global stocks are currently overexploited, analysts say. If a trip to the lake with your fishing rod just isn’t an option,...

Sailors rescued after whale sinks ship

About 1,200 collisions between whales and vessels have been recorded since 2007. A crew of four sailors have recounted the sinking of their boat and...

Guinness crowns 30-Year-Old pooch from Europe ‘Oldest Dog Ever’

The purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo called "Bobi" is over a year older than the previous titleholder, who has since passed away. "Bobi" from Portugal has...

Scientists discover new form of ice, say it may help understand secrets of water

Water is one of the basic elements on Earth. However, water in space may have different characteristics than terrestrial water. A recent experiment is opening...

‘RMA dog set to be an even bigger monster under Govt reform’ – Fed Farmers

The Natural and Built Environment Bill and Spatial Planning Bill will make resource management issues worse and should be withdrawn, Federated Farmers has told...

US Navy stops ‘gruesome’ experiments

Animal-rights group PETA claimed that sheep suffered severe pain and paralysis in “scientifically worthless” decompression tests. The US Navy has stopped commissioning decompression sickness experiments...

Endangered Aussie animal may be mating itself to death – study

Male northern quolls rest a third as long as females, who live up to four times longer. The endangered male northern quoll, an Australian marsupial,...

The book on NZ’s native edible plants

Plants are described in detail in this useful and attractive book, with information on which part is edible and when, how plants have been...

Feeling cute, might delete later: Bear takes 400 selfies in colorado

People who actively take pictures of themselves - selfies - do so to share these images on social networks, forward them to each other,...

Earth’s inner core rotation seems to slow, study claims

While the Earth's inner core apparently started rotating faster during the 1970s, its rotation eventually slowed down and came into sync with that of...

Dolphins Have to ‘Shout’ Over Industrial Noise, Study Finds

Researchers found that despite increasing the volume and duration of their underwater whistles, dolphins’ ability to successfully communicate dropped by almost half at the...

UN hails major environmental achievement

The ozone layer is gradually healing due to humanity’s push to phase out destructive agents, according to a new report. Earth’s ozone layer is on...

Natural Products Regulation—An Overeach of Government Control

Civilisations come and go through the ages. When governments empower people they harness the intelligence and creativity of their citizens for the good of...

Watch: Gator or rock formation?

A viral video has netizens stumped. The short video, which has already attracted over 9 million views on Twitter, shows what appears to be an...

Conservation Board nominations: A chance for Kiwis to get involved – Voices For Freedom

'If you missed out on the local body elections don't worry there's another opportunity to get involved in how things are run in New...

Hong Kong drops controversial pet ban

The city outlawed the import of hamsters and other small mammals last year over Covid-19 concerns. Hong Kong is set to repeal a year-long ban...

US approves experimental bee vaccine

The generational immunity treatment aims to counter the deadly American Foulbrood disease. The US Department of Agriculture has granted a conditional license to the first-ever...

Mystery of ‘floating gold’ washing up on UK beaches solved

Welshman John Carmichael shared an image of the mystery object, which also attracted the close attention of his dog. Gold-coloured substances have been washing up...

Thor the walrus ruins New Year celebrations

The massive sea mammal forced a British port town to cancel fireworks. The arrival of a huge walrus in the British port town of Scarborough...

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