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Kicking recycling up a gear

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:30
A regulated product stewardship scheme for glass bottles could mean a deposit-refund scheme similar to South Australia's. Photo: Damian Foster The producers of waste products will soon be expected to tidy their own rooms, writes Gina Dempster. 
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Q + A with Annie Blakie

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:30
Inline skater, Annie Blakie, of Dunedin. Photo: Gerard O'Brien WHAT KIND OF TRIPS DO YOU MAKE?
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Q + A with Charlotte Flaherty

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:30
Walker Charlotte Flaherty, of Liberton, Dunedin. Photo: Gerard O'Brien WHAT KINDS OF TRIPS DO YOU MAKE?
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Q + A with Tod Coxhead

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:30
Cyclist Tod Coxhead, of Mornington, Dunedin. WHAT KINDS OF TRIPS DO YOU MAKE?
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Showing faith in conversions

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:30
From Nissan to Jaguar, Volkswagen to Hyundai, the big car manufacturers around the world are gearing up to satisfy the demand for electric vehicles and meet new regulations around tailpipe pollution and carbon emissions. But for all the high-tech gadgetry of their offerings, sometimes they don't quite fit the bill. In other cases, they've been too slow. In those instances, clever locals have taken on the challenge themselves, converting their conventionally powered vehicles to battery power. Or in the case of Northeast Valley engineer Steve Ward, upgrading bicycles to lithium-battery power. Here's a selection of a few made-in-Dunedin examples.
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Moving into the future

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:30
Whatever form powered transport takes in the future, it will need to be electric. IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES The electric revolution has begun, moving silently through the city’s streets, writes Tom McKinlay.
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Carbon gets personal

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:30
Rhys Taylor’s passive-solar, high-thermal-mass home in Geraldine. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED Do you think what you do doesn’t amount to much? Maureen Howard finds out why it is worth the effort to reduce our personal greenhouse gas emissions.
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Made with love to last

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:30
Paige Jensen with one of her designs in the Underground retail space. PHOTOS: MAUREEN HOWARD Clothes should be worn and worn out, their designers tell Maureen Howard.
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Nowhere to run to

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:30
Author Naomi Booth’s novel Sealed addresses the impossibility of outrunning our impacts on the environment. When the poisons we spill into the environment accumulate in ourselves to critical levels, what then will be the body’s response? A British novelist has sketched one terrifying possibility. Tom McKinlay asks her what she was thinking.
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Made of straw

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:30
The Eyers’ soon-to-be-completed straw bale house in Luggate. PHOTOS: KERRIE WATERWORTH There is no place quite like home, but  one Otago family knows no other New Zealand home will be quite like their house when it is finished, KerrieWaterworth reports.
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