NZ not immune to Fake News in elections

Fake News rears its head in NZ Election

It’s been disconcerting watching the NZ election. Despite our isolation, it seems we are not immune to the fake news cycles that have increasingly plagued elections overseas. There’s a few reasons why “Fake News” has become so prevalent, but it is a shame when it impacts at the very heart of our democracy. In the […]

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The real cost of Harvey / Irma not what you think

I’ve been pondering all the damage that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have done. The real cost will not be financial, but rather environmental, although not in the way you might immediately think. Analysts are suggesting the financial bill may exceed $100bn. A lot of money in anyone’s language. State and federal governments will chip in, […]

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Scenes like this are going to become more common around the world

Will USA now accept climate change?

It is ironic that Houston and Florida bore the brunt of 2 storms of biblical proportions. These two regions remain at the forefront of climate change denial – Houston is the capital of the World’s oil industry, while Floridian politicians continue to remove references to climate change from their statutes and texts. I don’t celebrate […]

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How far do you think this guy walked before shooting his Lion?

Africa’s Big Game Hunting Bullshit

A big game hunting website popped up in my news feed the other day. I’ve been researching African wildlife and some robot in a Russian computer had decided I’d perhaps like to try big game hunting. “Come on a Beginners Big Game Hunting Safari”, the headline screamed at me. Now I know many people who […]

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Japanese vessel Nisshin Maru processing whales in Antarctica

SSCS Abandons Japanese Whaling

I was surprised to hear Sea Shepherd announce their withdrawal from the battle to stop Japanese whaling. It takes deep pockets and driven volunteers to venture to Antarctica, and frankly, there are few organizations capable of making the commitment. To put it in perspective, the MY Bob Barker alone burns around half a million dollars […]

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South Australia's Shark Cull has been widely ridiculed by Scientisits

Cape Cod Shark Cull Lunacy

I am livid after reading the County Commissioner of Barnstable’s stupid shark cull proposal for Cape Cod. He has proposed what he calls a “localized shark hazard mitigation strategy” that would involve luring and killing sharks that “lurk too close to the Cape’s popular swimming beaches”. “Tagging the sharks and studying them is all well […]

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In NZ, public pay 500 times as much for water compared to bottling companies

Water Wars – Greed versus Need

The battle for water is only going to worsen with growing populations, intensification of farming, and complicating factors such as climate change. The good news is global warming will result in increased rainfall due to higher evaporation rates from our oceans and seas. The bad news, this is predicted to fall mostly in what are […]

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The 2m long model of Earthrace-2

Earthrace-2 Model completed

We’ve just completed a 2m model of the MV Earthrace-2. It certainly helps put this amazing boat in perspective. At 3 stories high and 60m (195 ft) long, she is going to be a real beast. I’ll be using the model in sponsor meetings, and perhaps taking it along to any talks that I give. […]

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Rob Stewart

Coroner – Instructor Blamed for Rob Stewart’s Death

Famed Canadian documentary filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart died from drowning after succumbing to acute lack of oxygen — or hypoxia — at the surface of the ocean in late January, according to a Monroe County medical examiner’s report obtained by The Reporter/Keynoter. Stewart, 37, died while filming the next installment of his “Sharkwater” documentary […]

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This Six Flags Amusement Park is to close its Dolphin Shows in Mexico

Breaking News – Dolphin shows banned

I was most surprised to hear that Mexico City has just banned Dolphinariums. Or more specifically, they have banned dolphins being used for public spectacle, entertainment, therapy sessions, scientific investigation, training and education. Head of the Environmental Commission, Xavier López Adame, proposed the new law, and it has just been signed off by the Legislative […]

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Fukushima has been a total environmental disaster

Japan to release radioactive tritium into Pacific

The operator of Japan’s paralyzed nuclear plant in Fukushima has applied to release water containing radioactive tritium into the Pacific Ocean. Fragile marine ecosystems are at stake here. Since the Fukushima disaster, contamination in the local marine food chain has been on ongoing issue. 40% of species remain unfit for consumption, according to Japanese standards, […]

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Happier times: Enock Kafandada, centre, was killed by Mbanje the elephant, left, at Victoria Falls. Photo / Adventure Zone

Elephant kills handler – gets shot

An elephant that is usually giving tourists rides has today impaled his handler on the stick he used to control the animal. Enock Kufandada, 50, was charged, trampled and torn apart by a bull elephant called Mbanje in Zimbabwe before colleagues could come to his aid. Authorities then shot the animal dead. Elephants are wild […]

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