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COP21: The latest

Peter Griffin Dec 02, 2015

Here you’ll find links to posts from our various Sciblogs contributors and guest posters as well as to reports from New Zealand Herald science reporter Jamie Morton, who is at the COP21 meeting in Paris and will be filing throughout the proceedings. Sciblogs Hot Topic – A climate of peace in Paris Guest Work – How fast … Read More

How fast can we transition to a low-carbon energy system?

Guest Work Dec 02, 2015

Paul N Edwards, University of Michigan The world’s nations are convening in traumatized Paris to hammer out commitments to slow down global climate change. Any long-term solution will require “decarbonizing” the world energy economy – that is, shifting to power sources that use little or no fossil fuel. How fast can this happen, and what could we do to … Read More

It’s Back to the Future Day today – so what are the next future predictions?

Guest Work Oct 21, 2015

Michael Cowling, CQUniversity Australia; Hamza Bendemra, Australian National University; Justin Zobel, University of Melbourne; Philip Branch, Swinburne University of Technology; Robert Merkel, Monash University; Thas Ampalavanapillai Nirmalathas, University of Melbourne, and Toby Walsh, NICTA When Doc and Marty travelled forward in time from 1985 and … Read More

The race to fish: how fishing subsidies are emptying our oceans

Guest Work Oct 19, 2015

Rashid Sumaila, University of British Columbia Fish numbers are rapidly dwindling globally, and fishery subsidies are one of the key drivers behind this decline. In 2009, these subsidies totalled about US$35 billion, creating incentives for fishers around the world to increase their catch. But this short-term “race to fish” is jeopardising the long-term environmental, social, and economic … Read More


How you can help scientists track how marine life reacts to climate change

Guest Work Oct 07, 2015

Gretta Pecl, University of Tasmania; Jemina Stuart-Smith, University of Tasmania; Jennifer Sunday, University of British Columbia , and Natalie Moltschaniwskyj, University of Newcastle There are many factors that determine where a marine species will find a place to call home, such as wave exposure, salinity, depth, habitat and where other friend or … Read More

Thousands of genomes reveal human genetic differences around the world

Guest Work Oct 05, 2015

Eliza Berlage, The Conversation Researchers have gained new insights into genetic variation among people living around the world after sequencing the genomes of more than 2,500 people from across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. The report, published today in Nature, details the final set of findings from the 1000 Genomes Project, which was launched … Read More

When did the Anthropocene start?

Guest Work Sep 10, 2015

Guest post from Helen Bostock, president of the Australasian Quaternary Association. Edited by Rebecca Priestley (VUW). In 2016, members of the International Commission of Stratigraphy (ICS) will decide whether the Holocene epoch has given way to the Anthropocene and, if so, where the boundary between the two epochs should lie. In this blog we present the New Zealand … Read More

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Can you be allergic to your Wi-Fi?

Guest Work Sep 09, 2015

Sarah Loughran, University of Wollongong Electromagnetic fields are all around us. They are a part of our natural environment, produced by the Earth and the sun. But they are also becoming increasingly prominent with advancements in technology, such that we are surrounded daily by many different sources of electromagnetic energy. Mobile phones, Wi-Fi, personal computers, smart … Read More

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