~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.1.13~
–Leonardo DiCaprio announces in Build mag, (more…)
As Corvette turns 60 The USA has climate change on its mind. Finally, we are in this century. Good to see.
The copious burning of fossil fuels is set to hit the American consciousness hard. Observed weather extremes are on the rise, and the possible connection between at least some of these events and human-induced climate change is also more strongly supported by the science.
USA shoul expect increased impacts on everything from crops to fresh water supplies, and better and broader national plans for adaptation are needed, a new assessment has noted. The report was whizzed up by 240 geeks in the field.
environmental crimes are costly: Transocean to pay $1.4 billion for gulf spill.
the real price of oil on show, perhaps.
[Photo: Jill Brensley].
~Posted by Horiwodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.1.13~
Hot retail, in heavy gas guzzling USA for 2012-3 is an old-fashioned idea with a modern twist: Eco-friendly photographic ink on bamboo canvas is all the rage for gift giving purps this year. Click on pic to check it.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.12.12~
“One day it will be an accepted fact that crimes against the environment are crimes against humanity, but for now we must hold ourselves, our corporations and our governments accountable so you won’t have to.”
–Lucy Lawless dives deep into the Arctic’s future with a word in a futuristic letter on the evironment.–NZWW Magazine.
I’m not as green as Lawless. Yet what she’s saying is vital for the world. Good on ya!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteroa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.12.12~
LanzaTech co-founder Sean Simpson is a creative scientist. His claim to fame is that along with American scientists Sean has developed the LanzaTech Process that can convert carbon monoxide containing gases produced by industries such as steel manufacturing, oil refining and chemical production, as well as gases generated by gasification of forestry and agricultural residues, municipal waste,and coal into valuable fuel and chemical products.
Recently Sean appeared on the Q+A TV show in New Zealand to say that he believes New Zealand can benefit from having more entrepreneurs living in NZ. Watch his talk at the link.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.11.12~
BIG OIL NEWS NEW ZEALAND – A CUTTING IT SIX WAYS APPROACH FOR PROSPECTORS TO BE BALANCED WITH BOTH IWI DEVELOPMENT & ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION FACTORS
Brazilian oil company Petrobras, spent $5 million of the NZ Government permit to drill off the Raukumara coast on the East Cape of NZ. It was met with strong protest from Te Whanau-a-Apanui. A new list of permits protects East Coast shores – though inland blocks were made available to explore.
“When we send out block offers across New Zealand, we take a balanced approach between land and sea, shallow water and deep water, proven and unproven areas, so we are cutting it six ways,” said Minister of Energy and Resources Phil Heatley.
That did not mean that in future years the Government would not again be looking at the Raukumara Basin again. For not, it has a reprieve.
“This has always been about exploration work. So if we get in a few exploration wells, then we can have a debate about whether to go for it. In future we would like to see much more exploration, both on shore and off shore on the East Cape,” Phil Heatley said. (more…)
At the moment, NZ media is reminding citizens to be “non-violent” over the holidays. Good one.
To the landscape we are also urged to be kind. Mindful at least.
Especially when it comes to fracking. Apparently we are naive. Sam Judd provides that insight with his article titled: What the Frack? Read on.
In NZ Waikato and New Plymouth have been fracking for donkeys years. So far, no earthquakes. Yet agriculture, environmental types aren’t for gas drilling in their hoods, although Dr Jan Wright has okay-ed the process. In NZ, fracking is generally self-regulating by private oil companies. This is the part most New Zealanders won’t be comfortable with. (It’s not like NZ’s tourism numbers have had a boom year, people would rather just take our oil from afar… it seems). It doens’t work that way though. I mean, you don’t move into a neighbor’s yard and then do what you want within their yard. New Zealand’s EEZ territories are the same. NZ must set the rules. It is NZ’s citizens’ resource. A good one belonging to Kiwis.
Young Sam is upset by Dr Wright saying: ”This screams of companies making their own rules and conjures ideas of oil barons in cowboy hats pillaging our environment in order to get rich… in our supposedly 100% pure country.” If you look at the hate comments online (say towards Brazil oil companies) from global shareholders in BigOil, once a nation makes a decision that enough oil has been mined from them, it can get really ugly. You will never read a more hateful audience than oil company shareholders at times online. You quickly learn that people make a living off BigOil companies invading other nations oil supplies heavily. In part, what BigOil offers global citizens. (more…)
Under The Radar lists our talented finalists nominees) as being:
Rialto Channel Best Film
How to Meet Girls
From a Distance
Two Little Boys
Good For Nothing
The Most Fun You Can Have Dying
Best Self-Funded Film
Good For Nothing
We Feel Fine
The Red House
The McLaren White Gold Mercedes SLR Sports Coup – Abu Dhabi–photo: Green Prophet
Bedtime story of the day for investors:
So as milky alchemists in New Zealand, we have developed a habit of turning water white and shipping the goodness out of the country.
The water then becomes “cash,” whatever that now means in today’s overprinted economic worlds.
The “cash” from the milk that was once water, we can do other things with, like invest into new areas.
On the other hand as alchemists of water to white gold, we also mess up our waterways in the exchange.
The land, lakes, rivers are no longer the same. Yet we look good as milkmen making gold from water. For now. (more…)
“[Her] contribution to Canterbury and New Zealand was truly remarkable. It is difficult to imagine anyone who was more generous or worked harder for the people of Canterbury.
“[She] will be missed immensely but her decades of philanthropy will be enjoyed for generations to come.”
–NZ’s PM John Key remembers Arts & Conservation philanthropist, Lady Diana Isaac, a Devonshire born Cantabrian green activist.
Her legacy lives on.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.11.12~
Air quality was on a lot of peoples minds this year. Air quality is the 27th Most Voted Star Topic of 2012.
Oxygen and air is the minute-by-minute celebrity of us all. (more…)
To guide change in useful and resourceful ways may require wiser innovation with what already exists around you.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.11.12~
A milk pail full of milk or shale?
–snap shot in words of a global economy
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.11.12~
News: The sea off Northland’s entire west coast has been opened up for oil and gas exploration, something the Government says could pour up to $2 billion a year into the economy and create thousands of jobs.
Energy and Resources Minister and Whangarei MP Phil Heatley yesterday welcomed the Government’s starting the process for awarding oil and gas exploration permits in seven on shore and three offshore blocks around the country.
The offshore areas include the Northland/ Reinga Basins, which stretch from the entrance to the Manukau Harbour, up Northland’s west coast to above Cape Reinga in the Tasman Sea. (more…)
US billionaire Julian Robertson said in a live cross interview on TV yesterday that what excites him the most about New Zealand is tourism and agriculture.
Both areas are quite exciting to see evolving from New Zealand.
For others aquaculture in New Zealand is the draw.
Aquaculture New Zealand Gary Hooper notes, ”The $400 million aquaculture industry – which is aiming to hit an annual revenue of $1 billion by 2025 – will gather in Nelson this week for its annual conference.
Hooper said he was all for marine reserves and conservation. “But we’re still a country that needs to grow its economy and aquaculture has this tremendous potential to contribute to that,” he said. Aquiculture’s “had some economic rigour applied to it.”
Hooper said reaching the realistic $1 billion mark required securing additional water space, increased productivity and exporting more value-added products. (more…)
As alchemistic light you come, turning our scars into stars. Hopes arcrays aplenty streaming from above, welling up the deeps, all in a touch of amazing grace.
–New Zealand’s creative story.
[Photo: Sunrise over Ocean's Beach, New Zealand - N&C website]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.10.12~
Symbols – Part II – Cypselurus Lineatus – animation movie theme ideas. Asia-Pacific movie markets, New Zealand film industry.
Marine science facts: Flying fish are attracted to the light of torches (more…)
Hot right now is: Marine Reserve Ocean Care & Oil, Gas, Mining Balance.
Grab a read of that. It’s good for us.
[Photo: Goat Island Marine Reserve, Aotearoa New Zealand].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.10.12~
Kiwi Iwi watch: Ngai Tahu’s Stacey Morrison‘s (L) Maori-Kiwi tribe grows.
Photo: Nita Prekazi.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.10.12~
Avatar Solar Array – James Cameron’s latest project:
MNN.Com reports: Back in May 2011, after relocating his production company to the MBS Media Campus, director James Cameron constructed a massive solar array to power the next to Avatar sequels.
“These are things the studios need to be thinking about,” Cameron told the Washington Post. “When I do my next film, we’re going to go much farther than we did in terms of running a green set.
When it comes to gift giving, nothing says Aotearoa New Zealand, more so than a native kauri tree.
Every person wanting to be a resident of New Zealand, needs one as a gift.
The kauri tree is a specific symbol of New Zealand’s rare and defining place in the world. Love them! :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.9.12~
The Pentagon is buying Chevrolet Volts, the luxury electric car, that retails at US$40,000. The idea is to purcahse 1,500 initially.
It’s good PR for the US military’s global footprint. Love it. :)
The Chevy volt is electric powered and can switch to gas too. A revolution about to happen in the USA with fossil fuels consumption of the average American. A very cool car for the USA.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.9.12~