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Krill is cool and what it can tell us about our lives

Krill is cool and what it can tell us about our lives

by / August 17, 2009 / [ 2 Comments ]

Krill is not the most glamorous of the world’s creatures. Rarely does it front magazines, or inspire documentaries—these spots tend to be dominated by the lion, the polar bears or the shark, which seems to have 24/7 coverage on Animal Planet. Krill are small shrimp-like creatures, measuring about five centimetres long. They feed on phytoplankton [...]

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Environment

Environment

by / August 3, 2009 / No Comments

This week’s column includes some cheap and eco-friendly solutions for cleaning and also includes a little reflection on how cool and amazing the world around us is. We all love cleaning. Nothing is more appealing than approaching the flat toilet, cleaning gloves on, toilet brush held out as far from one’s body as possible, to [...]

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Environment

by / May 25, 2009 / 1 Comment

In December of this year, countries will be meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark for a United Nations Climate Change Conference to negotiate the shape of a new treaty to cut carbon emissions. The agreement that comes out of the Copenhagen meeting will be the successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, which ends in 2012. Many are [...]

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Eco-feminism

Eco-feminism

by / May 4, 2009 / No Comments

Eco-feminism is both a social and political theory that posits that the patriarchal, masculine thinking and behaviour that has oppressed women throughout history has also led to the oppression and degradation of the environment. The term was coined in the 1970s and takes the form of both essentialist and non- or anti-essentialist thinking. Essentialist eco-feminism [...]

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Environment Column

Environment Column

by / March 23, 2009 / [ 2 Comments ]

Kia ora and welcome to the first official environment column of the year. This column will be coming to you fortnightly with a brief look at different environmental or sustainability issues, along with a few pointers for budding ecowarriors. Or actually just for anyone who gives a shit about the world and the people around [...]

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Growing Your Own

Growing Your Own

by / March 2, 2009 / 1 Comment

VUWSA and Gecko (with the support of Facilities Management) are the proud caretakers of VUW’s latest environmental venture— a vegetable garden. Universities around the world, as well as around New Zealand, are growing productive and beautiful campus gardens. They are a project that works on many levels. They are relatively inexpensive to set up, and [...]

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