NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCES PLAN TO PROTECT WATERWAYS
On September 5, New Zealand announced plans to enforce greater protections on its waterways in response to pollution from farming and tourism. The new measures include restrictions on farming intensification, conversion of lands for dairy farming, and the use of synthetic nitrogen pesticides. A surge in tourism and the farming industry has taken a toll on New Zealand’s once pristine waters. Experts say New Zealand’s rivers and lakes are now some of the most polluted among OECD countries. While environmental groups welcome the change, Federated Farmers, a lobbying group for farmers in the country, said the measures would “end pastoral farming” in some areas. For the full story, see https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-newzealand-pollution/new-zealand-gove….