Archive: Griffin's Gadgets June 2010

Climate focus

Peter Griffin Jan 13, 2016

Victoria University’s Pacific Climate Change Conference will be held February 15 – 17 in Wellington and proves timely with Pacific nations making up a vocal minority at last month’s COP21 climate negotiations in Paris. Line-ups for the conference is below… check out the website for more details. Sciblogs writer Dr Sarah-Jane O’Connor will be filing some of the highlights from … Read More

Climate in 2015: El Nino’s indelible mark

Peter Griffin Jan 12, 2016

NIWA has just released its climate summary for 2015 and it makes for some fascinating reading. No, it wasn’t a particularly hot year with an average temperature of 12.7°C  12.7 up 0.1°C on the long term average (1981-2010) and the 27th warmest annual temperature recorded since the “seven station series” records began in 1909. By way of comparison, 2015 was Australia’s fifth warmest year … Read More

Your breaking science news service

Peter Griffin Dec 15, 2015

Head on over to Scimex (the Science Media Exchange) where you will find articles about newly published research papers and scientific discoveries from New Zealand, Australia and further afield. Scimex is a free service run by the New Zealand and Australian Science Media Centres that puts embargoed research in the hands of journalists, helps researchers who are looking to work … Read More

The personal jetpack – who will get there first?

Peter Griffin Dec 10, 2015

It has been a rollercoaster of a year for Martin Jetpack, the innovative Christchurch company that for years has been chipping away on developing a “practical” personal jetpack.  Glenn Martin In June, the company’s founder, Glenn Martin, abruptly quit, seemingly dismayed at the direction the company that bears his name was going in. You see, Martin’s original vision, over 35 … Read More

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Savings on health costs would help offset more ambitious climate pledges

Peter Griffin Dec 09, 2015

The Climate Action Tracker, which involves five independent research organisations analysing the emissions reduction targets of the nations represented at COP21 in Paris has totted up the sums now that 158 climate pledges have been officially tabled. The upshot is that the pledges will result in 2.7 degrees Celsius of temperature rise in 2100, if the governments all met their … Read More

Scientists and fossil fuel subsidies

Peter Griffin Dec 08, 2015

As we progress through week two of the COP21 climate change talks in Paris, fossil fuel subsidies and financing the developing world to lower its carbon emissions have been major talking points. Both involve billions of dollars, pools of investment that appear increasingly at odds with each other as the parties in Paris pursue a deal to combat dangerous climate change. Last … Read More

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