Tagged: nz

New Year’s Honours – Who is being recognised? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jan 15, 2017

Each year when the list of New Year’s Honours recipients is announced I eagerly look to see if any scientists and engineers are among the recipients. And usually I am disappointed to see a sparse representation. More often awards seem to go to sportspeople, politicians and business people, or at least that is the impression I get, particularly from the media. But is … Read More

Flotsam and jetsam: microplastics amass on NZ shores - News

Erica Mather May 10, 2016

The New Zealand shoreline is being clogged with microplastics.  A new study by the University of Canterbury reveals that the high quantities of microplastics found in coastal environments is comparable to levels identified overseas, which is surprising given New Zealand’s geographical isolation. Microplastics are small plastic particles less than 5mm in size that are found in exfoliant facial scrubs and … Read More

Let’s not panic: Rhino horn for sale in NZ is not a catastrophe - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Apr 08, 2016

News that the auction house Cordy’s is selling a rhino horn earned a rapid backlash.  Nonetheless, from a conservation perspective this is really, a non-issue.  The logic that sale of old horns promotes rhino poaching, is akin to believing our trade in whale-bone carvings is encouraging the Japanese to hunt whales. NZ conservation laws for the most part, concern … Read More

Renwick on NZ’s 11% cut: follow us down the path to catastrophe - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 09, 2015

This guest post is by Carbon News editor Adelia Hallett, published with permission. New Zealand will face droughts, floods, fires, social upheaval and catastrophic global economic damage if the world follows the country’s lead on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, says one of our leading climate experts. Dr James Renwick – Professor of Physical Geography at […] … Read More

Federated Farmers: sticking their heads in the soil? - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter May 12, 2015

Federated Farmers says farmers don’t need to worry about the causes of climate change, they only need to cope with the impacts. Feds President William Rolleston says they have “no position” on whether mankind is influencing global warming, and say that looking at the causes is not that helpful. No position? “We [farmers] need to […] … Read More

NZ government to consult on Paris emissions target - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 08, 2015

Climate change minister Tim Groser announced yesterday that the government is to consult on a post-2020 emissions target to present at the UNFCC conference in Paris in December. The consultation process is open to written submissions now, and there will be a series of public meetings and hui starting in Nelson on Wed May 13, […] … Read More

Milk cow blues: dirty dairy costs NZ dear, but methane cuts might work - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 30, 2015

There’s good news and bad news for New Zealand’s dairy industry this week. On the one hand, research has found a number of compounds that can cut methane emissions from ruminants (cows and sheep) by up to 90% by reducing populations of the bacteria that produce the gas. On the other hand, research into the […] … Read More

NZ’s emissions target scam – Groser & Co’s creative accounting exposed - Hot Topic

Mr February Apr 20, 2015

Simon Johnson (aka MrFebruary) looks at how climate change minister Tim Groser and the National-led government intend to use creative carbon accounting to ensure that New Zealand meets its 2020 climate change target (a five percent reduction) in spite of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) projected to increase to 2020 and beyond. On 10 April […] … Read More