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August 22, 2018

 

 

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of our SnippETS newsletter. This week we take a look at a couple of developments in NZ, around GDP and trees; the future of food and how green buildings are good for everyone; a reward system for using public transport or walking, and how to securely dispose of nuclear waste, out of harm’s way, without upsetting anyone. Also, is peak oil repeating itself? And finally we take a look at kids posting discarded packaging back to the manufacturers!

 

 

While a basic concept for scientists, the idea that there is no economy without a healthy environment has taken some time to catch on in economics circles. New Zealand now joins a short list of countries that mandate that social, human AND natural considerations should be taken into account when planning for future development. 

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The NZ government is pushing ahead with plans to see 1 billion trees planted. A recent announcement has earmarked an additional 240 million dollars to the Provincial Growth Fund in order to help reach that lofty goal. The tree planting initiative will not only help to sequester carbon, but it will also provide training and employment opportunities in regional New Zealand.

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 Food production is moving from pastures to the tech world – “fake meat” is made from plant proteins which cook, feel and taste like natural meat. Food production is being shaken up.  Is it “synthetic food” or “clean meat”? Should these synthetics be marketed as meat? Many farmers are taking a different perspective, trying to farm sustainably, expecting their “real” meat will be preferred by those that can afford it. Watch Video.....