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Fynbos, the biodiverse shrubland in Cape Town, is thought to have the third highest carbon stored per square metre for any biome in South Africa. It must be protected. Shutterstock

Cape Town’s climate strategy isn’t perfect, but every African city should have one

Cape Town's new climate strategy is a good start. But it falls short when it comes to nature.
Andrew Lorrey

Why long-term environmental observations are crucial for New Zealand’s water security challenges

Auckland's extreme drought and the rapid retreat of glaciers in the Southern Alps both highlight how important long-term observations are for water management policy and planning.
Flood damage in Bundaberg, Queensland, in 2013. Most communities are at some risk from extreme events, but repeated disasters raise the question of relocation. srv007/Flickr

‘Climigration’: when communities must move because of climate change

Climate change has got to the point that communities around the world are having to contemplate moving. It's never an easy process, but good planning improves the prospects of successful relocation.
Finance minister Grant Robertson (left) and climate minister James Shaw address school children during a climate protest, promising that New Zealand will introduce zero carbon legislation this year. AAP/Boris Jancic

Climate change is hitting hard across New Zealand, official report finds

The latest report on the state of New Zealand's environment delivers a forceful official statement on climate change impacts.
Queensland groper, typical of coral reefs off Queensland at 27°S were found in the Bay of Islands, north of Auckland, at 35°S. from www.shutterstock.com

Farmed fish dying, grape harvest weeks early – just some of the effects of last summer’s heatwave in NZ

Analysis of last summer's heatwave shows it killed farmed salmon and decimated kelp forests, as well as shifting grape harvests and fish spawning times forward by several weeks.

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