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Tuatara take first steps to comeback
"The first tuatara eggs have been laid on Tiritiri Matangi Island after 60 of the ancient reptiles were moved there two months ago ..."
New Zealand Herald  29 December 2003

Brown kiwi return to Wairarapa after 100-year absence
"Six North Island brown kiwi have been released on the slopes of Mt Bruce, or Pukaha, after a 100-year absence from Wairarapa ..."
New Zealand Herald  12 December 2003

NZ shows how not to manage deep sea fisheries - WWF
"The New Zealand orange roughy fishing industry has been held up by international environmentalists as a model of how not to manage deep sea fisheries ..."
NEW ZEALAND HERALD  28 November 2003

Sea-level rise shelved for now
"Glaciers spotted surging to sea after ice-shelf collapse ... parts of Antarctica's icy fringes are propping up its vast glaciers ..."
Nature Science Update  28 November 2003

Kiwi-killing stoats able to sidestep traps, says DoC
"Trap-shy stoats are a problem for pest controllers battling to protect kiwi, a Department of Conservation report has found ..."  New Zealand Herald  12 November 2003

B-15A, B-15J, and C-16 icebergs in the Ross Sea, Antarctica
"A massive iceberg that had been blocking traditional shipping routes to McMurdo Station, the National Science Foundation's research station in Antarctica, snapped in two seemingly overnight"
NASA VISIBLE EARTH  12 November 2003

Arctic and Antarctic sea ice marching to different drivers
"A 30-year satellite record of sea ice in the two polar regions reveals that while the Northern Hemisphere Arctic ice has melted, Southern Hemisphere Antarctic ice has actually increased in more recent years ..."
2003 Earth Feature Story NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER  11 November 2003

Big melt warning for Arctic
"The ice covering the Arctic Ocean is getting thinner as summers lengthen, say British scientists ..."
BBC NEWS  29 October 2003

Co-op goes GM-free
"The Co-op has announced that it is banning genetically modified food and ingredients throughout its entire business"
BBC NEWS  21 October 2003

Study links GE crops to environmental damage
"LONDON - British scientists have delivered a massive blow to the case for genetically engineered crops by showing in a trail-blazing study that growing them could harm the environment ..."
New Zealand Herald  17 October 2003

Purple frog delights scientists
"It has to be one of the strangest looking frogs ever discovered ..."  BBC NEWS  17 October 2003

South American glaciers' big melt
"The Patagonia glaciers of Chile and Argentina are melting so fast they are making a significant contribution to sea-level rise, say scientists ..."  BBC NEWS  17 October 2003

Rare kiwi hatched in incubator
"A rare Haast tokoeka kiwi chick has been hatched outside the wild for the first time at Queenstown ..."
New Zealand Herald  15 October 2003

Alaska's climate: Too hot to handle
"Alaska is warming up more than anywhere else on Earth.  Climate researchers are now turning to regional models to find out why - and how to deal with it ..."
Nature, Science Update  2 October 2003

Weka bludgeoned in bloody cull
"A bloody weka cull on the Chatham Islands is under fire from an Act MP.  Conservation Minister Chris Carter is defending his department's annual cull of the birds ..."
New Zealand Herald  15 September 2003

Hundreds of threatened species falling
through conservation gaps

"Park congress hears wildlife reserves omit key areas of species diversity ..."
Nature, Science Update  11 September 2003

DNA shows female moa three times size of male
"The mystery of New Zealand's giant moa has been solved at last - she was a female"
New Zealand Herald  11 September 2003

No protection for many threatened species
"The global effort to save some of the Earth's rarest creatures from extinction is fundamentally flawed, scientists say ..."
BBC NEWS  11 September 2003

Brochure fluff masks sad statistics
"A glossy Department of Conservation booklet published last month is filled with happy stories ... but the big conservation picture is not nearly so rosy. While some birds have hovered near the top of the critically endangered list ... other, less well-known, names are vying for an ever-higher placing ..."
New Zealand Herald  9 September 2003

Rare parakeet races up endangered list
"New Zealand's conservation agency is facing its most serious extinction crisis in two decades as a rare bird jumps to the top of the critically endangered list.  Orange-fronted parakeet numbers have plummeted 75 per cent in just three years, to between 100 and 200 birds ..."
New Zealand Herald  8 September 2003

Scientists call for 'national parks' of the oceans
"Scientists have identified "rainforests" under the oceans - including in Australian waters - where biological diversity is at its greatest ..."
New Zealand Herald  7 August 2003

Trip aims to save albatrosses
"A British sailor whose name is a byword for fortitude, John Ridgway, has picked a new challenge ..."
BBC NEWS  26 July 2003

New GM alert no reason to prolong moratorium says Clark
"The discovery that genetically modified sweetcorn was grown near Gisborne does not mean a moratorium on commercial GM release should be extended, says Prime Minister Helen Clark ..."
New Zealand Herald  8 July 2003

Extreme weather evidence of global warming
"In an astonishing announcement on global warming and extreme weather, the World Meteorological Organisation has signalled that the world's weather is going haywire ..."
New Zealand Herald  3 July 2003

UN help sought for corals hidden in cold seas
"The United Nations should help to protect little-known corals in deep, cold waters along with tropical cousins such as Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Norway's Environment Minister said ..."
New Zealand Herald  13 June 2003

Trawlers blamed for plight of underwater 'rainforest'
"Scientists have raised the alarm about fishing trawlers that are destroying deepwater coral around New Zealand"
New Zealand Herald  2 June 2003

Deep sea life also needs protection
"When fishermen in the Ross Sea hauled up in April the second-ever intact specimen of what is being termed the "colossal squid", the world wanted to know more ..."
New Zealand Herald  2 June 2003

Kakapo find new home
"Five kakapo, the world's rarest parrot, have been moved from their sanctuary in the Marlborough Sounds. The last kakapo were removed from Maud Island last Friday and sent to Chalky Island in Fiordland"
New Zealand Herald  28 May 2003

Large fish 'may follow dinosaurs'
"The destruction wrought on the world's oceans by industrial fishing is made clear in a shocking new report ..."
BBC NEWS  14 May 2003

Hopes rise for albatrosses
"The world's largest seabirds, the albatross family, should soon benefit from more protection around the globe ..."
BBC NEWS  8 May 2003

Seabirds at risk from pirate fishing in Antarctic
"Pirate fishing companies have killed up to 700,000 seabirds snared by accident on their fishing lines in Antarctic waters in the past six years ..."
New Zealand Herald  10 March 2003

Best feet forward, K2's ready for the wild life
"An 8-year-old kiwi in danger of being destroyed has instead been given a new lease on life by six hours of ground-breaking surgery"
New Zealand Herald  8 March 2003

Warty NZ giant beetled about with dinosaurs
"A 'dinosaur in miniature', the largest beetle of its type, has entered the scientific record books but the mystery of its extinction may never be solved.  The wrinkled fungus beetle grew to the length of a man's thumb and, with moa, raptors and large weta, was part of New Zealand's "mega-fauna" that existed thousands of years ago."
New Zealand Herald  14 February 2003

New Zealand's flight path to disaster
"Few people are aware that, as the authors claim, New Zealand has a better record of the birds that lived over the past 100,000 years than any other area of the world. Our avifauna is diverse, unique, special, intriguing - and, to a large extent, extinct ..."
New Zealand Herald  14 January 2003

Four new chicks boost DoC's fight for Takahe
"Department of Conservation staff on Maud Island in the Marlborough Sounds have achieved a rare double success by rearing two sets of twin takahe chicks this summer ..."
New Zealand Herald  14 January 2003

Polar bear 'extinct within 100 years'
"The polar bear could be driven to extinction by global warming within 100 years, warns an ecology expert ..."
BBC NEWS  9 January 2003

Ross Island penguins struggling
"The penguins on Ross Island in Antarctica are battling to provide food for their chicks for another breeding season ..."
New Zealand Herald  9 January 2003

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