Walkability key to rebuilding cities after covid

Otautahi - As cities have been hit the hardest during the covid pandemic, the need to create sustainable cities that promote health has been highlighted. We should create more walkable neighbourhoods, reduce the number of overcrowded households and increase the number of mixed-income housing units, write two sociologists. Cities should tailor the

World’s first vegan salmon taking on seafood

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Otautahi ­­­­- The world’s first vegan salmon fillet is set to take on the $586 billion seafood industry. Driven by an unwavering desire to revive the oceans, Plantish has launched sustainable meat-free salmon fillets. Plantish’s plant-based salmon fillets will officially hit the market in 2024. The company, which is based in

World’s first vegan approved violin

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London - For the first time ever, a violin has received certification from The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark. The creator of the musical instrument – traditionally crafted with animal products – maintains that the item is more ethical and acoustically speaking, an improvement. Traditional violin making can include products derived from the

Being around birds linked to higher happiness levels


Te Whanganui-a-Tara - A study published in Ecological Economics has found that the number of birds people experience in their day to day can lead to greater happiness. Greater bird biodiversity can make people more joyful, according to a study published in Ecological Economics. The happiest Europeans are those who see the

Environmental risks dominate global report

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Geneva - Environmental risks dominate the World Economic Forum’s global risks report 2022 - for both the short and long term. Climate-change related risks account for three of the top risks by severity in the next 10 years. The global risks horizon changes over the next two to 10 years, as

Eagle Protect a global award winner

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Lake South Tahoe, California - Eagle Protect, with offices in New Zealand and the US, has been named a winner of  the global annual Real Leaders Impact Awards.  The annual awards recognise the world’s top impact companies who are leading the way in business as a force for good. The judges selected

Cyber security professionals in high demand 

Tamaki Makaurau - Cyber security professionals are in high demand globally and New Zealand companies are struggling to find people with the right skills. NZTech wants to reduce the cybersecurity workforce gap through training, upskilling and bringing in overseas experts through new immigration windows. Cyber-attacks are on the rise around the world,

Can scientists create a potato to cope with climate change?

Te Whanganui-a-Tara - It can take years to cross-pollinate potato varieties to cope with increasing rainfall, but scientists warn it is vital for the future of the crop Researchers are working on producing potatoes that are resistant to climate change. The University of Maine is developing a super spud so that it