OPINION: “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise” wrote the American forester and ecologist Aldo Leopold in 1949. Leopold saw the land and people as part of the same community, a concept familiar to tangata whenua too. He could also have been writing about the Pelorus/Te Hoiere River and Marlborough Sounds, when he asked, what do we love: ‘Certainly not the soil, which we are sending helter-skelter downriver”. It is 46 years since the first complaint about soil erosion and excessive sedimentation from forest harvesting on the Marlborough Sounds environment, and yet harvesting remains poorly regulated. In a paper recently published in the NZ Journal of Forestry , I reviewed the history of forestry regulation in the Sounds and identified opportunities for doing things better. More on that later. When I worked for the Marlborough District Council, the industry was … [Read more...] about ‘World-leading’ salmon farming standards needed for forestry in Marlborough Sounds
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(CNN) Spring is in full swing, and like the weather, so are the thunderous weather-themed proverbs. As we start April, you may have not heard these next two weather proverbs, but they still ring true today. "If it thunders on All Fools' Day, it brings good crops of corn and hay," and "The first thunder of the year awakens all the frogs." The thunder and frogs -- called "spring peepers" -- officially sound the trumpets of spring. These lesser-known proverbs proclaim the beginning of the season and the effects that April's first thunderstorms have on farmers across the world, pointing to the possibilities of a prosperous growing season. It turns out proverbs like these two hold a lot of weight and are many times accurate. Here is why and where to use them. Read More For those keeping score at home, the lion's roar was definitely heard this March with record snowfall in Colorado and Wyoming, tornado outbreaks in the southeastern United … [Read more...] about It’s no joke — thunder wakes the peepers and brings good crops of corn and hay
Green lawns suck resources dry Re: “Denver eyes expansion for its water customers,” April 12 news story I read the report on Denver’s plans to enlarge Gross Reservoir with interest, particularly the comment that conservation efforts just have not kept pace with the city’s growth. Of course not. Current conservation efforts do not address the elephant in the room: the folly of allowing all those green, water-hungry lawns that I see when flying over the city. Until Denver decides to address the absurdity of pretending that green lawns are an absolute necessity, its words regarding upcoming water shortages ring hollow. Kathy Packard, Livermore Gun owners, please, offer your solutions Dear gun owners and defenders of the Second Amendment, I implore you to offer up concrete, viable proposals to dramatically reduce gun violence in America. The majority of Americans want common-sense gun control. They simply want an end to the perpetual tragedy of killings and mass … [Read more...] about Letters: Green lawns suck resources dry (4/14/21)
Next Manisha Pande W hen tech-geek Anirvan Chatterjee and his wife Barnali Ghosh discovered their carbon footprint was more than that of 90 per cent of Americans they were shocked. "We dug deeper and found the culprit: air travel," says Chatterjee, a University of California Berkley graduate and founder of bookfinder.com . The US-based online resource for finding rare and out-of-print books is considered one of the two best book sites online, alongside Amazon.com . The Bengali couple based in California felt their flight travels were undoing every other green effort they made, like living car-free: one flight from San Francisco to Mumbai generates carbon-dioxide emissions equivalent to that of driving a car for 1,095 consecutive days. Click NEXT to read further. . . Image: Anirvan Chatterjee and Barnali Ghosh at Lake Baikal, Siberia. Next Prev Next A fter much hemming and hawing over the … [Read more...] about This couple globe-trotted without flying!
THE price of a pub pint could fall as Rishi Sunak considers cutting alcohol duty in the Budget next week. Boris Johnson was urged by MPs yesterday to instead slap the tax on supermarket booze instead. * Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates The move could see 14p added to the price of a supermarket can and 36p knocked off the cost of a pint down the pub. Brits have flocked to supermarket giants to get their hands on booze throughout the pandemic , but pubs have been closed for several months under lockdown restrictions. Changes to alcohol duty could boost pub sales by 100 million pints a year, the Social Market Foundation said last week. The think tank went on to suggest the sales boost could be enough to stop thousands of boozers from closing their doors for good once restrictions are lifted. The Treasury undertook a review on alcohol duty last year, and is said to be mulling over the findings. For several Budgets in a row now, the … [Read more...] about Price of a pint in pubs could fall as Rishi Sunak mulls alcohol duty cut in the Budget next week