Ecologist issues dire warning about NZ's freshwater

Posted 24/11/2018

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"We need to face the fact that we have way too many cows in this country, for a start, and that's a big part of our problem," he told Newshub Nation.

Mr Joy is the author "From the Mountains to the Sea" a new book analysing New Zealand's freshwater crisis, its causes and possible solutions.

"It's a crisis because we've got severely polluted water in most of our lowland areas. I mean, whatever standard you use, we stack up really, really bad.

"In some cases, like 75 percent of our native fish on the threatened species list, it's hard to imagine how it could be much worse."

Mr Joy says there needs to be a strong push towards more plant based diets, pointing out that 98 percent of the biomass of mammals on earth are humans and the animals we eat.

Land, Air, Water Aotearoa’s recently published 10-year trend report, said water quality at most fresh water sites is improving, but Mr Joy says the measurements are misleading.

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