New Zealand Bans Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration

The sun sets on oil as the New Zealand government bans offshore oil and gas exploration

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Solar and batteries

Gale-force winds knocked out power lines across the Auckland region last week, affecting about 180,000 properties. Many of these homes could have kept the lights on with solar and batteries. Nine hundred Auckland households are still without power, a week after the storm ripped through the city. Stuff looks into why this storm caused so much havoc.

Roads aren’t just for walking or driving anymore. Solar road or pathway projects around the world are showing that streets can both provide firm footing and generate clean energy. Inhabitat rounded up six projects in places as diverse as China to rural Georgia.

Renewables and fossil fuels

In a historic move to support its commitment to action on climate change, the New Zealand government will issue no new exploration permits for offshore oil and gas fields. The move has been hailed by environmental groups as a significant victory.

Getting an early start on reducing greenhouse gas emissions could result in a $30 billion gain for New Zealand's economy, according to a new report commissioned by Westpack bank.

Climate change

Global warming is mixing up nature's intricately timed dinner hour, often making hungry critters and those on the menu show up at much different times, a new study shows.

The government's Climate Change Commission has come one step closer with an expert committee appointed to begin the groundwork. The interim committee will begin investigating how New Zealand will transition to a net zero emissions economy by 2050 and consider other matters such as how agriculture can be brought in to the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Electric vehicles

The future is electric and Auckland Transport is driving into the future with its first electric buses. Starting next week, you may see, but find it harder to hear, these quieter, cleaner, buses operating on the Auckland city loop.

The use of the electric vehicle (EV) on Irish roads is about to become “the new normal for people in their everyday lives” and “no longer just a progressive, environmental fad”, predicts Jim Gannon, chief executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.