EArth for All – New Book from the Club of Rome

Where were you in '72? I was busting to get out of high school. Some of you were probably not born. Fifity years ago the Club of Rome published Limits to Growth warning us about population increase and the impact of humans on earth systems. Fifty years later they have published Earth for All: A … Continue reading EArth for All – New Book from the Club of Rome

Open letter: Aotearoa New Zealand needs climate policy that addresses our unique challenges

Our climate change policies are inadequate and will limit our ability to make any meaningful difference for mitigating climate change. The national climate narrative is fixated on primary production and specifically farming. In assessing the climate impact of farming, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane emissions are the main focus. This sets the scene for … Continue reading Open letter: Aotearoa New Zealand needs climate policy that addresses our unique challenges

A PHOSPHATE STORY

Superphosphate, manufactured by treating phosphate rock with sulphuric acid, has been a mainstay of New Zealand farming. Phosphate is also available as partially acidulated phosphate and as untreated phosphate rock. This brief exploration of the phosphate fertiliser raises questions about its continued use and contrasts Māori and Pākehā perspectives. The story of the terra preta … Continue reading A PHOSPHATE STORY

When Crossing boundaries is a good thing

About PlantLab 22 Te Tai tokerau It's almost a cliche now to say that we cannot solve problems with the same mindset that created them. But what does that mean in practice? For several hundred years, most societies have lived in a rigidly structured reality. One that marginalises alternative knowledge systems, segregates professional knowledge and … Continue reading When Crossing boundaries is a good thing

Renewable Energy Zones

Transpower, along with Top Energy and Northpower are proposing Northland as the pilot region for renewable energy zones (REZ) in Aotearoa. To enable a REZ, the transmission lines need to be upgraded. This map shows the distribution networks for our lines companies. Note the high capacity 220 kv line between Bream Bay and Auckland. It … Continue reading Renewable Energy Zones