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Let Ecobob keep you up-to-date with the latest news and opinions on environmental issues. We will be compiling a range of articles on eco living topics from a number of news sources, making it easy for you to be informed about the latest happenings.


Eco Rating System for homes

Eco Rating System for homes

Thursday, April 15, 2010
The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) and Beacon Pathway are currently working to develop a system for assessing the performance of New Zealand residential homes. The rating system is set to be available from mid-2010, when homeowners will be able to access a free assessment online to obtain a rating of up to four stars. In order to ...

Ecobob Weekly Top 10 - 6th Edition

Ecobob Weekly Top 10 - 6th Edition

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 New Zealand
Welcome to the 5th edition of the Ecobob Weekly Top 10 where every week we bring you snippets of info and links to interesting eco stories on the web. We keep you updated with any interesting news, events or happenings in the environmental arena. If you know of any interesting eco-info that we could include in our weekly top 10 please email it t...

Ecobob Weekly Top 10 - 5th Edition

Ecobob Weekly Top 10 - 5th Edition

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 New Zealand
Welcome to the firth edition of the Ecobob Weekly Top 10 where every week we bring you snippets of info and links to interesting eco stories on the web. We keep you updated with any interesting news, events or happenings in the eco-world.

Ecobob Weekly Top 10 - 4th Edition

Ecobob Weekly Top 10 - 4th Edition

Friday, March 19, 2010
Welcome to the fourth edition of the Ecobob Weekly Top 10 where every week we bring you snippets of info and links to interesting eco stories on the web. We keep you updated with any interesting news, events or happenings in the eco-world.

Energy "miracle" to go commercial

Energy "miracle" to go commercial

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 New Zealand
A New Zealand company that has developed an energy “miracle” to solve the world’s climate change problems is seeking investors to commercialise the product. Christchurch-based IndraNet Technologies (IndraNet) is seeking six million dollars from investors to commercialise its revolutionary nGen Systems that will see businesses and individuals rea...

VIDEO: Fonterra, industrial dairy and climate change

VIDEO: Fonterra, industrial dairy and climate change

Friday, March 12, 2010
Viedo on Fonterra, industrial dairy and climate change.

Ecobob Weekly Top 10 - 3rd Edition

Ecobob Weekly Top 10 - 3rd Edition

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Welcome to the third edition of the Ecobob Weekly Top 10 where every week we will bring you snippets of info and links to interesting eco stories on the web. We will keep you updated with any interesting news, events or happenings in the eco-world.

A putrid stench in the Canterbury environment

A putrid stench in the Canterbury environment

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Here is a blunt message to Environment Canterbury Councillors Mark Oldfield, Pat Harrow, Angus McKay, and Bronwen Murray: Resign! In December last year you were found by the Auditor-General to have a conflict of interest regarding decisions over water resource management, since you yourselves, as holders of consents regarding water, have sign...

Ecobob Weekly Top 10 - 2nd Edition

Ecobob Weekly Top 10 - 2nd Edition

Wednesday, March 03, 2010 New Zealand
Welcome to the second edition of the Ecobob Weekly Top 10 where every week we will bring you snippets of info and links to interesting eco stories on the web. We will keep you updated with any interesting news, events or happenings in the eco-world. If you know of any interesting eco-info that we could include in our weekly top 10 please email ...

Kiwi clean tech company reports breakthrough in US market

Kiwi clean tech company reports breakthrough in US market

Wednesday, March 03, 2010 New Zealand
New Zealand-based Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation announced today that it will be working with Honeywell’s UOP on a United States Department of Energy cooperative agreement project to demonstrate technology to capture carbon dioxide and cultivate algae for use in biofuel and energy production. “It is significant for a New Zealand company to be inv...

Ecobob Weekly Top 10

Ecobob Weekly Top 10

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Get your weekly eco-fix with the Ecobob top 10. Every week we will bring you snippets of info and links to interesting eco stories on the web.

Electric Cars for Christchurch

Electric Cars for Christchurch

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 New Zealand
Electric cars may be on Christchurch streets by 2012, with plans that the city be the first in New Zealand to create a charge-point network. The Christchurch City Council and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have joined forces to introduce zero-emission vehicles to the city, with plans to launch the electric Leaf car in 2012. Nissan says the Lea...
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Interesting eco innovations from Springwise

Interesting eco innovations from Springwise

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
A list of interesting eco inventions and innovations selected from the 'Springwise' newletter.

Video: Peak oil

Video: Peak oil

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Jeff Rubin, the former Chief Economist of CIBC World Markets and the author of Why Your World Is About To Get A Whole Lot Smaller built his reputation as one of Canada's top economists based on a number of successful predictions including the housing bust of the early 90s and the rise of oil prices. In his recent book, Mr. Rubin predicts $225 per b...

Urban Forests

Urban Forests

Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Forests provide invaluable ecosystem services. These include sequestering carbon, filtering pollution from air, limiting extremes in temperature, reducing stormwater runoff and increasing precipitation, to name a few. In urban settings these kinds of services are especially important in counteracting the detrimental effects of city living to bo...

A Merry Eco Christmas

A Merry Eco Christmas

Monday, December 14, 2009
Christmas time has come around fast! The older I get the quicker it seems to come and I'm only 28. Personally, I do find Christmas shopping a little painful, as the people-pleaser in me is tortured as I HAVE to get the perfect gift... and who can really determine what that is in the hustle and bustle, noise and traffic of a Westfield mall. And in a...

The Manawatu River Opportunity

The Manawatu River Opportunity

Friday, November 27, 2009
I woke up thinking about the Manawatu River. It's in need of our help. A new study has proven that it's currently amongst the most polluted in the world. How astoundingly un-New Zealand. I used to live in Palmerston North, having completed four years of university studies at Massey. I'd bike across that huge bridge and gaze down at the water, vag...

Sustainable Habitat Challenge Winners Inspire Better Living

Sustainable Habitat Challenge Winners Inspire Better Living

Wednesday, November 25, 2009
A retrofit of a Housing New Zealand home to improve living experiences of those on low incomes and a thermally detailed straw bale house in Central Otago were Friday judged the winners of the Sustainable Habitat Challenge. For the Challenge, teams were given less than two years to design, fund and create their vision for more sustainable housing. ...

Too much building waste

Too much building waste

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Construction, maintenance and renovation of buildings account for around 40 per cent of the world's material flows, so it's always sad to see an old building reduced to a pile of rubble

Connected communities

Connected communities

Monday, November 02, 2009
Over the past century, unprecedented technological breakthroughs have advanced the development of cities and promoted a move away from agricultural lifestyles. In rural areas, farmers have embraced the economic efficiencies technology provides and the practice of monoculture has thrived. In urban areas, people have become increasingly dissociated f...

Greetings from the Sustainable Habitat Challenge!

Greetings from the Sustainable Habitat Challenge!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 New Zealand
Well, we did it! Two years since we announced our audacious plan to run a nationwide competition requiring teams to design, fund and build a sustainable home, we are now getting ready to celebrate the outcomes. The projects brought together builders, architects, iwi, local authorities, students, engineers, and more. Ten teams entered, resulting in...

Great Green tower of China

Great Green tower of China

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Rising high through the polluted air of Guangzhou City in southern China is a 71-storey tower block which, according to its designers, will be the most energy-efficient in the world. Among a host of features designed either to make or save energy, the one that caught my eye was the shape of the Pearl River Tower itself. It is built in a cur...
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From Mindless to Mindful Consumption?

From Mindless to Mindful Consumption?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This 16 minutes long clip is an insight into the change in US consumption patterns. It talks about a move to ‘mindful rather than mindless’ consumption as consumers try to become more liquid and deleverage. One of the best factoids is that vasectomies have risen 48% in America in the last year. The clip also talks about the rise of alternative curr...

Farming For The Future

Farming For The Future

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This item on YouTube is a BBC documentary on the precient global farming and food crisis, filmed in the UK. Featuring Martin Crawford (Agroforestry Research Trust), Fordhall Farm, Richard Heinberg and others.

Promising Electric Car

Promising Electric Car

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
BYD says that its new E6 electric car due out before the end of the year will do 250 miles (400km) on a single charge. This is a very big number. The Tesla electric sports car does almost as much, but has little room for anything else in the car but the battery. The E6 is roomy with space for five passengers and a good-sized boot. The batte...
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Disastrous consequences?

Disastrous consequences?

Monday, October 12, 2009
For more than ten thousand years the earth has been in a relatively stable state - a unique period called the Holocene, which has allowed civilization to evolve into what it is today. This desirable state is now under pressure from what scientists say is largely human driven change. The question is: how far can we go before our actions cause disast...

Soros pledges $1.3b to find climate change solutions

Soros pledges $1.3b to find climate change solutions

Sunday, October 11, 2009
Billionaire George Soros, looking to address the "political problem" of climate change, says he will invest US$1 billion ($1.3 billion) in clean-energy technology and create an organisation to advise policy makers on environmental issues. Soros, the founder of hedge fund Soros Fund Management, announced the investment in Copenhagen yes...
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How food shapes our cities

How food shapes our cities

Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world. Food is a shared necessity -- but also a shared way of thinking, argues Carolyn Steel. Looking at food netwo...

Aquacalypse Now - The End of Fish

Aquacalypse Now - The End of Fish

Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Our oceans have been the victims of a giant Ponzi scheme, waged with Bernie Madoff–like callousness by the world’s fisheries. Beginning in the 1950s, as their operations became increasingly industrialized--with onboard refrigeration, acoustic fish-finders, and, later, GPS--they first depleted stocks of cod, hake, flounder, sole, and halibut in the ...
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Local currency - Brixton Pound

Local currency - Brixton Pound

Saturday, October 03, 2009
Debate Your Plate have been on location making a film about the Brixton Pound. Launched on September 17th 2009, the Brixton Pound is a project run by Transition Town Brixton.

Deep water could meet all NZ's energy needs

Deep water could meet all NZ's energy needs

Sunday, September 27, 2009
The drive to run New Zealand on 100 per cent renewable power could get a boost if scientists discover pockets of energy they suspect are buried between 5km and 7km deep. Geologists think there may be enough scalding hot water locked in underground reservoirs to power more than half the country's homes - if it can be found and tapped. They hav...
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Zero emissions homes within reach

Zero emissions homes within reach

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
In the wake of one of the nation’s warmest and driest winters on record, environment groups today called for new building standards to reduce emissions and water use, and to help Australia’s homes and families cope with future temperature and price shocks. The call coincides with the release of a new report today, which shows that with the right...

Lesedi Biogas to Build $15m Manure-to-Power Plant in Heidelberg, South Africa.

Lesedi Biogas to Build $15m Manure-to-Power Plant in Heidelberg, South Africa.

Monday, September 21, 2009
he first large scale biogas plant linked to a beef feedlot, could make a more significant contribution to renewable energy in South Africa than the planned 3.8 MW of electricity, by advancing the technology in South Africa. The Business Independent power producer (IPP) Lesedi Biogas Project (LBP) is planning to build one of the world’s larges...

World's biggest offshore windfarm launched … eventually

World's biggest offshore windfarm launched … eventually

Sunday, September 20, 2009
The world's largest offshore windfarm was inaugurated in the North Sea today – with a high-profile display of the intermittent nature of this power source. Danish Crown Prince Frederik pressed the button to start the Horns Rev 2 project, which uses 91 turbines to generate enough green power for 200,000 households. But an industry audience bro...

Seed stores to save the world!

Seed stores to save the world!

Sunday, September 20, 2009
Genetic diversity is the stuff that evolution is made of. It allows a species to survive by adapting to a constantly changing environment. When a species population size decreases, some of the building blocks of that species are lost, and hence some of its ability to adapt to change is lost. This diversity within crops is the biological foundati...

Electric cars charging up

Electric cars charging up

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The race is on among the world's auto companies to make electric cars go farther on a single charge, bring the price down to compete with gas-powered vehicles, and give drivers more places to recharge them than just the family garage. Electric is the big buzz at the 63rd Frankfurt Auto Show this week, and nearly every major automaker has at lea...
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Purpose-built housing co-op is now leading the way in sustainable living.

Purpose-built housing co-op is now leading the way in sustainable living.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The unexpected stage for one of the most ambitious low-carbon developments in Britain today is not an executive estate in the Cotswolds or a pretty new eco-town, but a row of modest 1970s inner-city houses lived in by a 130-strong group of artists, students and others, just yards from where two French students were tortured and murdered last year. ...
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'Water footprint' as pressing as carbon dioxide emissions

'Water footprint' as pressing as carbon dioxide emissions

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Forget your carbon footprint - if you want to be environmentally chic you need to be concerned about your water footprint. Worries over how much greenhouse gas is being created to fulfil our everyday needs are being rivalled by fears of the human race's use of what is a finite, essential resource. While New Zealand's agrarian industries use a...
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Palm oil claims 'mislead public'

Palm oil claims 'mislead public'

Sunday, September 13, 2009
The palm oil industry adverts were misleading by claiming production of the vegetable fat was sustainable and socially useful, according to an investigation in Britain. In a ruling last week, the Advertising Standards Authority upheld four complaints against a magazine advert by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council intended to counter environmental an...
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The Solar House (Video, UK)

The Solar House (Video, UK)

Monday, September 07, 2009
Elaine Brook shows you round her eco-house which is fun to live in, cheap to run, and is probably how we'll all be living in a few years time.

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