This week on Green Desk, Mitch talked to AUT’s Head of Applied Ecology, Sebastian Leuzinger, who has recently published a study on newly discovered Kauri tree stump that is keeping itself alive by connecting onto the roots of neighbouring trees via a root graft system. Mitch and Sebastian discuss how the system works and what this means for our understanding of Kauri trees, moving away from the concept of the individual and toward the idea of Kauri as superorganisms. Mitch began by asking Sebastian how he and his colleague came across the new discovery.
This week on Green Desk Mitchell has a brief chat with Auckland Forest and Bird spokesperson Nick Beveridge about the NZTAs proposed East West Link. The East West Link was originally part of National’s roads of significance scheme which has seen backlash from multiple organisations and hapu since its original conception. Now still in the works, Forest and Bird are taking the proposal to the court of appeal for the devastating effect it could have. Mangrove Mitch begins by asking Nick what is being proposed for the link.
This week for Green Desk Mangrove Mitch teams up with the almighty Oscar Perress and head to the last Zero Carbon Bill Submission Party held by School Strike NZ and Generation Zero. The two speak to representatives from both groups about the Bill, what it means to them and exactly what the new buzz word ‘Just Transition’ means.
This week on Green Desk, Mitch moves away from typical climate crises talk and
discusses a new report with author Dr Erica Todd who has recently released a study which
allows us to understand how certain species of fish are able to undergo sex changes at a
genetic level. Mitch and Dr Todd discuss the physical and genetic changes of fish
that undergo sex changes, raising the question about its potential application in other areas.
Mitch began by asking Dr Todd about the process and just how many species of fish are
able to undergo this change.
Today's Green Desk looks into how we can reduce the production of methane in living organisms. Our very own Mangrove Mitch talks to Otago University Dr Sergio Morales, about the new process him and his team have discovered.
Sceptical that declaring a climate emergency has become a fashionable publicity stunt for
Council’s, Mitch talks to Auckland Council Environment Committee Chair Penny
Hulse following their recent decision to join the bandwagon. So far 623 jurisdictions and
local governments around the world have declared a climate emergency and Mitch is
interested to see what this will mean for Auckland’s future. Mangrove Mitch begins by asking
Penny what a climate emergency declaration entails.
This week at the Green Desk, The fan christened 'Mangrove Mitch' speaks to Hannah Blumhardt about the bottle deposit scheme that was introduced to the environment select committee two weeks ago. Bottle deposits schemes are considered an essential tool in waste minimisation and closed loop recycling throughout the world. Mitch and Hannah discuss what the scheme will involve as well as general recycling practice in Aotearoa. Mitch begins by asking Hannah about the issue we are facing with our existing systems and the necessity of getting bottle deposits reintroduced in Aotearoa.
This week for Green Desk, Mangrove Mitch talks to AgainAgain Founder Nada Piatek about
the new initiative bringing reusable steel cups as a waste minimisation tool for our coffee
addiction. Mitch and Nada discuss the dangers of compostable cups, business positivity,
as well as some of the places that these cups can be found as of today. He begins by
asking Nada about the predominantly linear system Aotearoa possesses and what that
currently means for our Country and landfills.
This week on Green Desk, Mitchell speaks to trapping company GoodNature and their technical expert Sam Gibson. They discuss their biggest rollout to date and collaboration with Ngā Whenua Rāhui. Mitchell started by asking about the project and partnership.