Environment and Ecology

When rehoming wildlife, Indigenous leadership delivers the best results - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 06, 2020

Aisling Rayne, University of Canterbury; Channell Thoms, University of Canterbury, and Levi Collier-Robinson, University of Canterbury This article is republished from The Conversation. Read the original article. Whakapapa [genealogy] binds tākata whenua [people of the land] to the mountains, rivers, coasts and other landscapes, linking the health of the people with that … Read More

How climate change made the melting of New Zealand’s glaciers 10 times more likely - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 04, 2020

Lauren Vargo, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Glaciers around the world are melting — and for the first time, we can now directly attribute annual ice loss to climate change. We analysed two years in which glaciers in New Zealand melted the most in at least four decades: 2011 and 2018. Both years were characterised … Read More

Sharks are thriving at the Kermadec Islands, but not the rest of New Zealand, amid global decline - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 31, 2020

Adam Smith, Massey University A recent global assessment of shark populations at 371 coral reefs in 58 countries found no sharks at almost 20% of reefs and alarmingly low numbers at many others. The study, which involved over 100 scientists under the Global FinPrint project, gave New Zealand a good score card. But because it focused … Read More

New Zealand wants to build a 100% renewable electricity grid, but massive infrastructure is not the best option - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 31, 2020

Janet Stephenson, University of Otago A proposed multibillion-dollar project to build a pumped hydro storage plant could make New Zealand’s electricity grid 100% renewable, but expensive new infrastructure may not be the best way to achieve this. New Zealand’s electricity generation is already around 80% renewable, with just over half of that provided by hydro power. The … Read More

New Zealand research shows what a fat, healthy right whale looks like! - Making Waves

Otago Marine Science Jul 29, 2020

Professor Steve Dawson Scientists from the University of Otago, working with colleagues from around the world, have found that New Zealand right whales are doing much better than right whales in other parts of the world. The research was published as the feature article in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. Southern right whales are starting … Read More

Are we doomed if we don’t manage to curb emissions by 2030? - Climate: Explained

Robert McLachlan Jul 29, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Is humanity doomed? If in 2030 we have not reduced emissions in a way that means we stay … Read More

What if we took all farm animals off the land and planted crops and trees instead? - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Jul 15, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I would like to know how much difference we could make to our commitment under the Paris Agreement … Read More

Better understanding bacterial blooms in New Zealand waterways - Genomics Aotearoa

Genomics Aotearoa Jul 13, 2020

Dr Kim Handley, University of Auckland Just how do cyanobacteria live in their natural habitat, and how do they coexist with other bacteria and microbial life forms? And what difference will knowledge on this bacteria have on maintaining New Zealand’s water quality? One of the consequences of declining water quality is an increase in cyanobacteria – these are photosynthetic bacteria … Read More

Black Rhino Photo - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jul 08, 2020

One of the challenges of working on illegal wildlife markets, is you don’t really have scope to talk about your research into illegal wildlife markets. There is some stuff though that willbe coming out on Asiatic black bears in China, and before Covid19, I was delving more into rhinos. Which everyone knows are poached for their horns. But not as … Read More

What the world was like the last time carbon dioxide levels were at 400ppm - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Jul 08, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz What was the climate and sea level like at times in Earth’s history when carbon dioxide in the … Read More