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Welcome to our latest SnippETS newsletter.

 

This week we start by taking a look at the state of NZ's environment and have a frank discussion regarding water use. Next we look at how 'electrifying everything' could starve off the worst impacts of climate change, how electric vehicles do more than reduce GHG emissions and why fleet vehicles will electrify much quicker than passenger vehicles. 

 

 

We open with a harsh reality check. The Environment Aotearoa 2019 Report was recently released and it is not happy, or pleasant reading. Forest & Bird's chief executive, Kevin Hague summed it up that when it came to the environment's overall health, "things are very bad". "We've spent too many years in denial about how our actions – from rampant dairy conversions to destructive sea bed trawling – are irreversibly harming our natural world". Let’s use this as a wake-up call for all New Zealanders. Read more.....

 

 

 Perhaps so much damage has been done to our waterways due to the lack of value placed on water. As this article discusses, water traditionally has been undervalued for some time and does not accurately represent its true cost. As such projects aimed at improving water efficiency and water reuse have not attracted sufficient attention and investment. This could all change, if the full external costs, such as treatment, pumping and disposing were all measured and internalised. Read more.....